PAY ME LATER: After a four-year legal battle, the city of Minneapolis decided last Friday to pay Annie Baker $100,000 as compensation for a run-in with one of the MPD's most notorious officers. Baker was at a 1990 anti-Bush rally in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis when a nearby crowd-control barricade fell or was pushed over. A hulking Sgt. Bill Chaplin walked up to the diminutive Baker--who at the time was wearing a Bush mask and a man's suit--and rammed his nightstick into her sternum. Baker doubled over and fell to the street, unable to breathe. She wound up with a bruised sternum and damaged cartilage. At the time of the incident, Chaplin had already racked up 16 complaints, 14 of them for excessive force. Including the Baker settlement, he has cost the city more than $200,000 in brutality payouts. (Jennifer Vogel)
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