Colorado Springs settles lawsuit with CSPD recruits

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A group of Colorado Springs Police Department recruits who were bounced for failing the driver's test have settled for $1,000 each from the city in exchange for dropping their lawsuit.

Sadatur Khan, Kelly Robinson, Tyler Kelley, Jason Harsha and Bailey Carpenter were among eight canned in February 2017 for failing the driver test during recruit training.

From that story:
Seven of the eight knocked over just one cone during the test, which involves navigating hundreds of the orange obstacles. One got his pink slip after merely nudging one. The CSPD standards are higher than in other police departments, as is its failure rate. Notably, a neighboring police department reports it's dismissed about a half-dozen recruits for failing the driving test over a 21-year period.

CSPD's high failure rate costs taxpayers. For salaries alone, the city paid the eight recruits $150,000 for 18 weeks ($4,166 a month each). If equipment (uniforms, guns, tasers and body armor) is factored in, one recruit guessed the bill at about $200,000.

Within days of publication, they filed a federal lawsuit, seeking reinstatement and back pay.

In October, the city settled the case with a mere $5,000, although it also paid Cornish & Dell'Olio, the recruits' law firm, $15,000.

Outside of the payment to the lawyers, the settlement amounts could be considered nuisance payments — when someone pays less to settle a case than it would cost to litigate it.

We've asked the law firm for a comment and will update if and when we hear something.

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