The Minneapolis City Council approved a $4.5 million settlement with police officer Duy Ngo this afternoon. The council voted 11-1 to make the largest payout stemming from a police misconduct case in the city's history. (Lisa Goodman was the sole dissenting vote.)
In February, 2003 Ngo was shot by an unknown assailant while working undercover gang surveillance. MPD officer Charles Storlie, responding to the scene, then mistakenly shot Ngo multiple times with a sub-machine gun despite the fact that his fellow officer was on his knees and unarmed. Ngo's story was first told in a 2003 City Pages cover story, "Shot to Hell."
"I feel relieved because it's been a hard fought battle," says Ngo. "It's been five years of pain for my family."
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