HAMMOND | The city has settled a federal civil lawsuit from a Hammond resident who claimed he was wrongly jailed after being thrown out of a city-sponsored Christmas party in 2009.
Attorneys for the plaintiff, Kendall Warner, and the city declined comment, citing a confidentiality agreement that is part of the settlement. The amount of the settlement also was undisclosed.
Warner filed the lawsuit against Hammond, Police Chief Brian Miller, two other officers and a city employee, claiming he was falsely seized, arrested and unlawfully detained without probable cause.
In his suit, Warner claimed Hammond officers threw him out of a Christmas party at the Hammond Civic Center, despite being invited by a city employee.
Warner claimed that while being arrested and taken to Hammond City Jail, he was hit in the head by an unnamed person who also ripped a pierced earring from his head.
He said an officer and a city employee deprived his rights because they are white and he is black, court documents state.
Warner also accused police of deleting more than 1,000 photos from a camera he was using that was confiscated at the party.
Warner claimed an officer made false statements in the documents warranting his arrest and a charge of misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The charge against Warner was later dismissed.
Warner said he had been invited to the party because of his involvement in the community council in East Hammond, where he has spoken out about crime in the neighborhood. Warner previously served 27 years in prison for a 1977 murder.