Keller Police said officer Blake Shimanek resigned effective February 1, just over a week after the city agreed to pay $200,000 to a man who accused him of using excessive force and profile your son.
According to footage from Shimanek’s body camera, he pulled over to Dillon Puente on August 15, 2020 to make a wide right turn.
Dillon Puente’s father, Marco Puente, quickly arrived at the scene in a private vehicle and began recording what was happening from across the street. That’s when Shimanek ordered another officer, Ankit Tomer, to arrest the father and spray him with pepper spray.
Both father and son were taken to jail but police supervisors quickly dropped the charges after they looked into the case; Shimanek was also demoted back to the rank of officer.
Marco Puente filed a lawsuit in federal court in Fort Worth last month, accusing both officers of using excessive force, making unlawful arrests and saying Dillon was the target because he was a native The Spanish and the officers mistakenly thought he had drugs in the car. Last week, the city announced it had agreed to pay $200,000 to Puente to settle the lawsuit.
Mayor Armin Mizani said in a statement posted on Twitter: “Although this chapter is coming to an end, the conversations and policy changes it has inspired will continue to propel us forward as a leader. way is a ministry, a city and a community. “This council and our police department led by Chief Fortune remain committed to ensuring encounters like this never happen again, and we will continue to work tirelessly to bring the every member of our community feels safe and secure that reflects Keller values.”
Last week, the mayor declined to confirm to NBC 5 the amount of the settlement but said the city itself would be limited to paying the $5,000 deductible. The Texas Cities Federation, the insurance organization for cities, will pay the rest, he said.
“The city plans to share the details once it’s all finalized,” Mizani said.
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