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Kalamazoo offering $810,000 settlement in death of James Dunigan while in police custody

The city of Kalamazoo has approved a settlement offer in the lawsuit over the death of James Dunigan while in police custody. (WWMT/Contributed)

The city of Kalamazoo will offer $810,000 to the family of James Dunigan to settle a lawsuit filed against two Kalamazoo Public Safety officers.

Dunigan, 57, died in police custody in 2016. The motion to offer the settlement was approved at a city commission meeting Monday.

Dunigan was transported by ambulance to Bronson emergency room on a complaint of chest pain. Police said he was admitted at 2:13 a.m., and was released at 4:29 a.m. But Dunigan refused to leave the hospital, police said.

The Kalamazoo man was arrested for trespassing just after 6 a.m., and about 90 minutes later, Dunigan was declared dead at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety launched an investigation into Dunigan's death, and concluded June 2, that "there is a strong indication that Mr. Dunigan's significant medical and personal history were the only factors involved in his death."

The two officers involved in Dunigan's arrest were given a one-day suspension, for "a policy violation relative to prisoner medical attention." Specifically, the department said, "the officers should have recognized Mr. Dunigan's condition and sought medical treatment."


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