You may remember the case of the ‘Culver’s Five,’ a group of men legally open carrying in Madison Wisconsin who were surrounded by MPD cops. Two of the five refused to produce their IDs as requested and were arrested. All were subsequently charged with disorderly conduct…
Once the City of Madison thought better of it (translation: actually read the law and discovered that open carry was legal in the state of Wisconsin) they dropped all charges against the five. But that didn’t stop the men, with the help of Wiconsin Carry, from suing the bastards.
Now comes the news, courtesy of thedailypage.com, that the city has settled the suit with – naturally – no admission of wrongdoing on the part of the city or the police officers.
In a letter (PDF) to Madison Common Council members, city attorney Michael May says the city has settled. “Based on the cost of defense and the possible costs of an adverse verdict, the city reached agreement to settle the entire case (all five plaintiffs) for a total of $10,000,” May wrote.
We’re sure the taxpayers of Madison won’t mind footing the bill for a bunch of poorly trained cops who don’t know the laws they’re attempting to enforce. What the hell, it works for the city of Philadelphia. Why not in Madison, too?