The parties involved in the Gunn vs. the City of Montgomery lawsuit today reached a confidential settlement agreement. As a result of that settlement, Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley was dismissed from the lawsuit. The litigation was filed by the family of Greg Gunn after he was chased, tasered, and beat by former Montgomery Police Officer A.C. Smith on Feb. 25, 2016.
The settlement does not include an admission of liability from anyone involved in the case. It was entered into to avoid the uncertainty, expense and exposure that are associated with any case that goes to litigation.
“No settlement can erase this pain stemming from an unfortunate incident such as this,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said. “This settlement is not going to bring Mr. Gunn back. It’s not going to change the past. As an administration, as a city and as a community, we will learn from the mistakes that were made and work to correct them. We will continue our efforts to build more trust in the community with a priority towards equality and equity.”
Greg Gunn was fatally shot in February of 2016. Former MPD officer Aaron “Cody” Smith was convicted of manslaughter last November and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attack.