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[UPDATE] Tallahassee Settles Suit in Deadly Shooting

UPDATED 5.25.2011 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro

The city commission unanimously approved a $300,000 settlement in the wake of a deadly police shooting.

"It was almost an execution style killing. That's not the sort of case that I would like to think the city wants to take to trial," said Bashimam family attorney Rick Johnson afterward.

"There's a sense of relief, a sense of closure as much as possible for something like this. I can go ahead and move forward with my life," said Bashimam's then-girlfriend Melissa Dixon.

Neither the city nor the officer admits any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

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UPDATE 5-25 5:08 pm

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee city commissioners unanimously approve $300,000 settlement with Bashimam family.

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[UPDATE] 5-25 Noon -

Tallahassee city commissioners will vote tonight on a controversial settlement in a deadly police shooting.

In a special meeting, the Tallahassee City Commission met for one hour behind closed doors to discuss the Bashimam settlement. The commission asked questions and discussed the proposed settlement. Commissioners are expected to vote tonight.

A Tallahassee police officer shot and killed 25-year old Nabel Bashimam when he tried to arrest him on some outstanding warrants back in August of 2006. Bashimam's family and girlfriend sued in federal court claiming it was excessive force. The city was poised to vote on a proposed $300,000 settlement a couple of weeks ago, But commissioners put the brakes on that because they needed more information. This morning they met with the city attorney behind closed doors to get it.

"Obviously we are deeply sorry for an incident that resulted in the loss of life regardless of what the situation may have been. We understand however that our officers have a job to do to serve a protect in this community. barring all of that, it's important to gather as much facts especially when you are acting as we are in our capacity in the city commission," says Tallahassee Commissioner Andrew Gillum.

City commissioners are expected to vote on the proposed settlement this afternoon.

If city commissioners decide against the settlement then both the city and the Bashimam family will have to ask a federal judge to put it back on the court docket.
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[UPDATE] 5-25 10:50am -

In a special meeting, the Tallahassee City Commission met for one hour behind closed doors to discuss the Bashimam settlement. The commission asked questions and discussed the proposed settlement. Commissioners are expected to vote tonight.

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[UPDATE] 5-25 - 10:10am -

A special meeting of the Tallahassee City Commission is taking place today. The only agenda item is to discuss settlement negotiations in Denise Bashimam versus the City of Tallahassee.

WCTV has a reporter at the Tallahassee city Hall. Stay with WCTV for details.
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[UPDATE] 5-19 -

A special meeting of the Tallahassee City Commission will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Florida Room on the second floor of City Hall.

The only agenda item is to discuss settlement negotiations in Denise Bashimam versus the City of Tallahassee which is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida as case number 4:10-cv-343.

The meeting is required to begin as a public meeting, to be followed by an attorney-client executive session which is closed to the public and the media.

The entire attorney-client executive session will be recorded by a certified court reporter. The transcript will be made part of the public record upon conclusion of the litigation.

The individuals scheduled to attend the attorney-client executive session are Mayor John Marks, Commissioner Andrew Gillum, Commissioner Nancy Miller, Commissioner Mark Mustian, City Manager Anita Favors Thompson, Deputy City Attorney Lewis Shelley and a court reporter. (Commissioner Gil Ziffer is out of town.) The attorney-client executive session will last approximately 60 minutes.

Stay with WCTV for more as details develop.

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May 11, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A settlement in a deadly Tallahassee Police shooting is apparently far from a done deal.

Late this afternoon, Tallahassee city commissioners decided to meet with attorneys behind closed doors before approving a $300,000 settlement with the family of Nabel Bashimam.

A date for that executive session has not been decided.

Initially the settlement was part of the commission's consent agenda which typically passes with a simple voice vote, but commissioner Andrew Gillum pulled the item, saying due to the complexity of the case, he wanted a briefing from lawyers first.

The city's deputy attorney says now one of two things can happen.

"If the commission approves it, then we will execute the settlement agreement and the case will be over. If the city commission decides not to approve the settlement, it will go back to federal court and we will be scheduling the case for a trial," deputy city attorney Lew Shelley said.

The Bashimam family attorney says a summary of the case given to city commissioners before the vote was “just wrong.”

“Based on that summary, I wouldn’t have voted for it either,” Rick Johnson said. “If they had been given an accurate summary, they would have said ‘We’re getting off cheap.’”

Johnson is still hopeful commissioners will okay the settlement once the attorney briefs them on the details of the case.

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May 10, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

The City of Tallahassee is poised to settle a federal lawsuit filed in the wake of a deadly police shooting.

Commissioners are expected to approve a settlement Wednesday night which will give the family of 25 year old Nabel Bashimam a $300,000 payout.

Bashimam was shot and killed by a police officer back in August 2006 when the officer tried to arrest Bashimam on some outstanding drug warrants.

According to police reports, at some point, Bashimam and the officer wound up fighting in the back of his pick up truck. Bashimam was shot and killed and another bullet shattered the cab window, spraying his girlfriend with glass.

The case was set for trial next month.

City Attorney Lew Shelley says the settlement addresses the claims of both Bashimam's family and his girlfriend. Shelley says the city opted to settle the suit, in part, because if jurors had sided with the family, legal fees alone could top $200,000.

A grand jury decided the officer involved in the shooting, Richard Pulido, was justified in his use of force that day.

Pulido had been working at TPD for a little over a year when the shooting take place. He is still on the force and is assigned to patrol.


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