SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe has reached a settlement with a couple whose run-in with a city animal control officer turned into an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team after the officer wrongly accused one of the plaintiffs of pulling a knife on him. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2xYmQkd ) that Stephen Cummings and Heather Sessa will receive $165,000 from the city for the incident that started over a loose dog. Cummings was arrested and charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon after the standoff, but a jury later acquitted him after the officer admitted under oath that he lied about Cummings having a knife. City spokesman Matt Ross says the officer whose false report sparked the standoff is still employed by the city.
Santa Fe reaches settlement with couple in SWAT standoff
By Tom Trowbridge • Oct 3, 2017