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The Lawler Firm and Bautista Allen Settle Police Shooting Case for $750,000.00

The Lawler Firm and Bautista Allen settled a police shooting civil rights case against the Kansas City Kansas Police Department for the wrongful shooting death of Christopher Utter in June of 2009.  The defendants claimed that the KCK police officer shot Mr. Utter in self defense after he was intoxicated and tried to run over the police officer.  But the evidence uncovered by the attorneys from The Lawler Firm and Bautista Allen demonstrated that the police officer shot Mr. Utter through the driver’s side window of his vehicle, and the police officer was in no danger when he fired his weapon and killed Mr. Utter.

The Lawler Firm represented the wife of Mr. Utter in a federal civil rights lawsuit where they pursued claims of excessive force and unconstitutional police department policies and practices against the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/City of Kansas City, Kansas and several Kansas City Kansas police officers.  These are very difficult cases to win from the plaintiff’s side, and this case was no different.  The case was fiercely litigated by the parties for over two years and the defendants produced almost 40,000 documents in discovery, and there were more than 35 depositions taken in the case.   Shortly after discovery had concluded, the parties settled the case at mediation for $750,000.00.  This was the largest settlement obtained in a police misconduct case involving the Kansas City Kansas Police Department.

The Lawler Firm, LLC has extensive experience in litigating police misconduct civil rights cases in both state and federal courts.  If you or a family member have been subjected to police misconduct, including incidents involving the use of excessive force, due process violations, unlawful arrest, unlawful imprisonment, wrongful conviction, or other types of police misconduct, contact The Lawler Firm, LLC for a free consultation at (816) 912-4700 or by email at

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