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Gazette Premium Content Judge could approve $3.3M Denver jail-abuse payout

The Associated Press Published: July 24, 2014

DENVER — A federal judge says he will likely accept a proposed $3.3 million settlement offer from the city of Denver to a former inmate who said a sheriff's deputy encouraged other inmates to beat him.

But U.S. District Judge John Kane said after a closed hearing Thursday unresolved issues remain in the case involving Jamal Hunter.

Hunter's allegations were so serious Kane requested the Department of Justice to investigate the Denver police and sheriff's departments.

Hunter says a deputy ignored his screams while inmates attacked him and scalded his genitals with hot water. Cameras captured another deputy choking Hunter 12 days later.

The proposed payout is the largest in Denver's history in a civil rights case. It came a day after Sheriff Gary Wilson resigned amid mounting misconduct claims against deputies.

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