Late last week, word came down that the Dallas City Council was close to settling with the family of Cole Berardi, the 10-year-old boy who was killed one year ago after he was struck by a Dallas police car. No doubt you recall the incident, which was captured by the dash-mounted camera inside Sr. Cpl. Michael Vaughn's squad car and shown all over the local news after Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle opted to release the video.
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City Attorney Tom Perkins wouldn't officially confirm the amount of the settlement, but the Dallas City Council's agenda for its October 14 meeting does: "not to exceed $250,000," which is the max allowed by state law. Says the agenda item, simply, "Claimants Carrie Ann Inman and Douglas Mariani filed a claim against the City seeking compensation for the wrongful death of their ten-year-old son caused in an automobile accident on October 17, 2008, involving a Dallas Police Department vehicle." The council will be briefed on the settlement, which comes out of current funds, this Wednesday before next week's vote.