City Of Lansing Reaches Settlement In 2011 Little John Death Case

(WLNS) – The city of Lansing has reached a $150,000 settlement with the family of a man who died in police custody in the spring of 2011.

Jeffrey Little John Jr., 36 died after he was arrested at an apartment complex on Jolly Road.

His neighbor told police Little John would not stop banging his head against his apartment door. When police arrived, they realized he had an outstanding warrant.

After he was put in handcuffs, police say he complained he was having trouble breathing and suffered some medical distress.

Police say his handcuffs were taken off so he could be treated by paramedics, but he later died at the hospital.

City of Lansing officials released this statement on the settlement Thursday, saying: “The city has agreed to settle the Little John case for $150,000 to avoid much higher costs of continued litigation and the possibility of a substantial award to the plaintiff.”

It is important to note that the settlement included no finding of fault or liability against the city and the Lansing Police Department officers involved were exonerated of any misconduct by an internal affairs investigation.

The settlement will be paid from city resources that are budgeted for this purpose.

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