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The City of Fredericksburg and the Stafford County Sheriff and deputies have agreed to a complete and final resolution of a federal civil lawsuit brought by nine plaintiffs who had alleged the violation of their civil rights during protest events on May 31 and June 1, 2020. On November 12, 2021, the plaintiffs dismissed all of the individual police officers from the Fredericksburg Police Department. Under the final Joint Stipulation of Dismissal filed on December 6, 2021, the plaintiffs agreed to a complete dismissal of the remaining defendants. The City’s insurer, Virginia Risk Sharing Association, and the Stafford County Sheriff’s and deputies’ insurer, Division of Risk Management, paid a confidential sum of money to plaintiffs in exchange for the dismissal of the lawsuit against the City and Stafford County Sheriff and deputies. No defendant conceded wrongdoing or liability. Neither the City nor the Stafford County Sheriff or deputies contributed local tax dollars to the settlement amount.
“The City is proud of the men and women of its Police Department, and is grateful to them for their steady service through a very trying summer,” said Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. “Our police officers met the highest standards of professionalism, protecting both those who participated in the many protests of that summer and protecting the general public. The City’s insurer made a sound business decision in resolving this lawsuit on terms that remove the burden of litigation from City employees, and permit them to return their full attention to their public duties and to their families and personal pursuits. We are very pleased to have this chapter closed.”