ST. LOUIS • City and state officials have agreed to pay $100,000 to a man who sued St. Louis police over his injuries after a 2012 protest.
A settlement agreement released Monday in response to an open records request from the Post-Dispatch says the city of St. Louis will pay Scott O'Rourke, of St. Louis, $15,000 and the state will pay him $85,000.
Neither side admitted fault in the agreement.
The settlement of O'Rourke's federal civil suit was approved by a judge on April 3. The suit, filed in 2016 by the ArchCity Defenders law firm, claimed that police pepper sprayed and arrested O'Rourke during a May 24, 2012, Occupy St. Louis protest. His nose was broken and his face was permanently damaged by an officer in a police interrogation room after his arrest, and police then fabricated evidence to cover up the beating, the suit claimed.
Police denied those claims.
O'Rourke, then 24, was acquitted of assaulting a police officer in a 2014 trial after making the same claims that are contained in the lawsuit.