The Phoenix City Council approved a $1.5 million settlement in the case of Rumain Bisbon, an unarmed man who was shot by Phoenix police Officer Mark Rine in an apartment-complex parking lot on Dec. 2, 2014. BrieAnna J. Frank/azcentral.com
The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Phoenix police officer in 2014.
Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot by 30-year-old Officer Mark Rine on Dec. 2, 2014, after police received reports of a suspected drug deal in the parking lot of the Cobblestone Apartments, near Greenway Road and Interstate 17.
The council approved the settlement on a 7-2 vote. The man’s family members filed several wrongful-death lawsuits against the city in 2015.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio opposed the settlement at the meeting, saying Rine’s actions were justified.
“In this case here, our police department, our police officer did everything right,” said DiCiccio, who participated by way of telephone. “They were within policy, they did everything perfectly right in this case.”
DiCiccio said if a police officer does something wrong, that he would be “the first to point that out,” but said in this case, approving the $1.5 million payment to the family will “set a bad precedent.”
“(It sends a message that) if they want to claim whatever they want to claim, then they’re going to get a large payout at the end,” DiCiccio said. “But at the same time, I think it also sends a really bad message to our police department and to our police officers.”
Councilman Jim Waring also voted against the settlement, but did not give a…
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