GREENSBORO — The city today announced it reached a $15,000 settlement concerning a lawsuit Eva Foster filed claiming she suffered a fractured wrist and emotional distress during a police raid in September 2009.
Greensboro agreed to settle the suit against the city and Sterling Adjusters, its insurance adjuster, although there is no admission of liability on the part of the defendants, according to a city news release.
“After an internal review, it’s evident that our police officers did nothing wrong to cause Ms. Foster’s injury,” City Manager Denise Turner Roth said in the release. “Most importantly, all parties involved in this case agree to that fact.”
But Roth added “we do not see this as a meritless claim on Ms. Foster’s part, and a settlement was the action that serves both parties interests in this case.”
Foster had asked for a jury trial and damages of at least $15,000, including compensation for emotional distress.
Both sides agree that Foster was at Oriental Market on Coliseum Boulevard when police raided the store over an alleged sports betting operation. The retired teacher and jazz singer ended up on the ground and in handcuffs, which the city says was appropriate because police had to secure everyone there.
Foster wasn’t charged with anything, only temporarily detained.
Several others, including the store owner, were charged in raid.