"We'll look forward to settling this in court," said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.
Steve Neddo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 74 hopes the city takes the lawsuit to court.
"These lawsuits come along and we expect them," Neddo said. "It's not a surprise somebody thinks they can make some money. What's real sad sometimes is that it's cheaper to pay someone off than to fight it."
Police departments and their municipalities often have to decide if it's financially worth continuing a case.
"Attorneys can be expensive," Neddo said.
And if the money is coming from a city's insurance company, then whether to settle becomes that company's decision.
When cases where police are accused of wrongdoing are settled, it affects police morale, Neddo said.
Officers can start to feel they are not getting the proper backing by their agency and superiors.
"In the middle of the night, two police cruisers meet and they discuss it," Neddo said. "You don't want officers stopping to think, 'Hey, if I'm going to do this, am I going to get sued?'"
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