Denver to pay $295,000 to settle zoo death case

Posted at 10:25 AM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 12:35:55-04

Denver has agreed to pay $295,000 to the family of a man who died after police officers shocked him with a stun gun at the Denver Zoo in 2011.

The Denver Post reports that the City Council approved the settlement Monday with the family of 29-year-old Alonzo Ashley.

According to witnesses, Ashley had tackled a zoo guard and charged at police, who used a Taser to subdue him.

Coroner: Death of man at zoo was homicide

The Denver coroner had ruled Ashley's death a homicide, determining that he was pinned down on the ground and stopped breathing before paramedics arrived.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey had cleared two officers involved of criminal wrongdoing.

Ashley's death had sparked protests by several groups that called for a change in how public safety issues are handled in Denver.