N30: Two Protestors Settle Lawsuit for $100,000
- Two WTO protesters settle lawsuit for $100,000
Tuesday, December 12, 2000
From The Associated Press
SEATTLE -- Two women who were pepper-sprayed by a King
County sheriff's deputy during the World Trade Organization
protests last year have settled their lawsuit for $100,000.
Melissa Ann Benton and Shauna Ballast, students at the Art
Institute of Seattle, claimed in U.S. District Court that
Deputy John Vanderwalker violated their civil rights and
that the county failed to supervise him properly.
The county agreed to pay $100,000 to settle their claims.
Benton and Ballast said they were parked at a supermarket
parking lot filming demonstrations during the World Trade
Organization meeting Dec. 1, 1999. According to their
lawsuit, Vanderwalker tried unsuccessfully to open the
driver's door, then told Benton to roll her window down and
shot pepper spray into her face when she complied.
Vanderwalker, a sheriff's patrol officer for 19 years, was
fired in April for using unnecessary force during the
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