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Denver proposes $3.3M jail abuse settlement

DENVER - Denver officials have reached a deal to pay $3.3 million to settle a federal jail-abuse lawsuit.

The proposed settlement, announced Tuesday, would be the largest such settlement in the city's history. It still must be approved by the city council and the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit.
Among other allegations, former jail inmate Jamal Hunter alleged that a sheriff's deputy not only allowed but encouraged a group of inmates to brutally attack him and scald his genitals with burning water in July 2011.
About two weeks later, jail surveillance video recorded Hunter being choked by another deputy.
The allegations led U.S. District Judge John Kane to request a Department of Justice investigation into the practices of the Denver police and sheriff's departments.
Word of a settlement came a day after Denver's sheriff resigned.

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