The Des Moines City Council on Wednesday approved a settlement with a family that sued a police sergeant and the city alleging excessive force and racial bias.
A $75,000 offer of judgment was accepted this month by attorneys representing Kimberly Williams and her children, federal court records show. Williams’ daughter Khy’La, then 17, was hit with pepper spray and thrown to the ground by Sgt. Greg Wessels of the Des Moines Police Department in February 2018 at the downtown DART bus station, according to video taken at the time.
Khy’La Williams suffered bruised ribs, bruised wrists and an abrasion near her eye, her attorneys wrote in the court petition. Both she and her younger sister, who were using a DART bus to ride home from school, spent the night in a juvenile detention center after being detained by Wessels.