Springfield aldermen have approved a settlement that ends a lawsuit over the destruction of police department internal affairs files, pays the plaintiff and his lawyers more than $100,000… and leaves many questions unanswered.
A court hearing is set for this morning to finalize that agreement over the suit brought by reporter Calvin Christian.
Christian had sought those IA files through the Freedom of Information Act… but police brass moved to destroy the documents rather than turn them over.
Aldermen approved the deal on a vote of 8-0… with Aldermen Sam Cahnman and Steve Dove voting present… despite concerns that the settlement doesn’t address the full extent of who was involved in the mess inside City Hall.
Mayor Mike Houston says he’s waiting for the results of a separate State Police investigation before handing out more discipline.