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City of Kalamazoo pays settlement to man alleging officer threats
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The City Of Kalamazoo agrees to pay a settlement to a man who says he was threatened by a police officer.
As Newschannel 3 first reported, Paul Triplett says he feared for his life after receiving a threatening voice-mail message from a detective.
Triplett and his attorney filed a lawsuit in Federal Court and Monday night, the city commission approved a settlement of $19,000.
Triplett says since receiving the message on his voicemail last year he felt like people were watching him and were waiting to attack him.
In the message on his voicemail the caller identifies himself as Detective Gary Gaudard with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
He then goes on to warn Triplett to stay away from a woman and says if he doesn't , "your world is done."
Triplett did take the call to the KDPS Office of Professional Standards and KDPS told him the officer was disciplined.
But in his lawsuit in Federal Court Triplett says he feared police might kill him or attack his home.
Last week the city and Triplett's attorney met for mediation and at Mondays commission meeting commissioners voted to approve the settlement. Now the lawsuit will be dropped.
Officer Gary Gaudard remains a detective with KDPS.