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City drops lawsuit to regain lawsuit settlement money

March 2, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The city of Lincoln has dropped its legal effort to recover lawsuit settlement money paid to a couple who said police wrongly seized $224,000 in cash and coins from their home.

Court records say the lawsuit against David Tarrence and Tamara Geis was dismissed Feb. 20 at the city’s request. The records don’t outline any settlement, and lawyers for both sides have declined to comment.

Tarrence and Geis received more than $50,000 from the city in November. Their lawsuit said police entered their home in 2014 without a warrant and forced the couple to leave while officers waited for one.

The city lawsuit alleged Tarrence violated a confidentiality agreement. The city says he was recorded on video on Dec. 8 telling convenience store clerks that he “won” his lawsuit and that police “broke” his and Geis’ civil rights.

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