Fargo man blinded in one eye during police confrontation settles lawsuit

U.S. District of North Dakota Judge Peter Welte approved on Monday, Oct. 4, a request by Tyler Alexander Patel, 29, and the city of Fargo to dismiss Patel’s civil rights suit. Patel will be paid $75,000, according to a settlement agreement obtained by The Forum from the city through an open records request.

The money Patel will receive will come from the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund. Political subdivisions use taxpayer money to pay dues to the fund, which is then used to defend against lawsuits.

The defendants do not admit fault, the settlement said.

Patel filed the lawsuit against the City of Fargo and Police Officers Jon Novacek and Travis Moser on Oct. 2, 2020, a year after the Fargo Police Department responded to the Dacotah Foundation Alternative Care Services building at 1322 Gateway Drive. Officers went to the housing facility for adults with mental illness after receiving a report that a man, later identified as Patel, cut himself and was possibly suicidal, according to court documents.

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Police claimed Patel told officers he had a gun

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