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Swissvale Pays $100K in Death Settlement

The incident occurred in 2008.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Swissvale has paid a Monroeville woman $100,000 in a settlement regarding the death of her son in 2008.

Andre DeMon "Dre" Thomas, 37, died in custody in August 2008 in a confrontation with police.

"Donna Jo Thomas of Monroeville sued Swissvale and three of the police officers who Tasered and handcuffed Thomas, claiming that he died of injuries he suffered in the struggle," the Trib's report states. "The borough claimed Thomas died as result of complications from using cocaine."

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ED June 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I think this was a great deal for the taxpayer's. Mr. Thomas was only 37 and one might expect him to spend many years in the criminal justice system. Between the cost of prosecution, incarceration and government transfer payments Mr. Thomas would most likely have cost the taxpayer's a great deal more than $100000. Hats off to the Swissvale police. The settlement was probably paid by the Borough's insurance carrier, anyway.
Justin June 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Though I am of the opinion that that Mr. Thomas died as a result of his drug abuse and not the actions of Swissvale police, I find this comment to be despicable. A man lost his life and that should never be called a benefit when measured in terms of potential cost to taxpayers. Have some human decency.

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