Denver, photographer reach $485,000 settlement after injury during 2020 protests


A Denver photographer who nearly had a finger severed when a police officer shot him with a less-lethal projectile while he documented George Floyd protests in 2020 in downtown Denver has agreed to settlements of $485,000, according to his attorneys.

Trevor Hughes has come to terms with Denver, Golden, Arvada and Jefferson County, according to Killmer, Lane & Newman, the law firm representing him.

On Monday, Denver City Council approved a resolution authorizing payment, for “liability claims,” of $350,000 to settle Hughes’ excessive force lawsuit against the Denver Police Department.

Golden, Arvada and Jefferson County, also named in the lawsuit, have each agreed to $45,000 settlements. Hughes filed the lawsuit in August 2021 in U.S. District Court in Denver. Law enforcement agencies from around the metro area aided Denver police during the 2020 protests. The settlements with Golden, Arvada and Jefferson County were reached in September.


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