Madison Co. Sheriff's Department reaches settlement in beating lawsuit

Published: Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM CDT
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The sheriff's department reached a settlement in a beating lawsuit, but admits no liability....
The sheriff's department reached a settlement in a beating lawsuit, but admits no liability. (Source: WAFF file)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County Sheriff's Department has reached a settlement through mediation in a beating lawsuit.

Robert Bryant filed the lawsuit earlier this year, claiming he got into a bar fight a deputy in 2012. Two weeks later, Bryant claimed he was pulled over by the same deputy who attacked him in his car.

Bryant claimed more deputies joined in the attack, and that they used a stun gun on him.

Sheriff Blake Dorning announced the settlement, reached through mediation, on Thursday.

The mediation resulted in agreement between the insurance company for Madison County and Bryant and his attorneys.

The sheriff's department doesn't admit liability or responsibility in connection with the allegations. Dorning said the insurance company settled this case out of court to minimize expected attorney's fees and other legal expenses that would have come about if all eight of the defendants and the five law firms representing them were to have gone to court for the case.

All seven of the deputies involved in the suit were represented through legal counsel paid for by the county's insurance company under Madison County's policy. It is unclear if there was any internal investigation conducted around the allegations or if the deputies faced any sort of disciplinary action.

Sheriff's officials said a criminal investigation is ongoing.

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