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Columbus Council Settles Lawsuit Out Of Stormy Daniels Case, Approves New Contract With Police Union

Jan 29, 2019

(L to R) Brittany Walters, Stormy Daniels and Miranda Panda
Credit Columbus Division of Police

Columbus City Council last night approved a 150 thousand dollar settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by two women arrested along with porn star Stormy Daniels at a strip club last year. 

Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters claimed they suffered emotional distress when they were arrested in what they say was a politically motivated sting operation by the vice unit. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein dropped the charges against Panda and Walters a week later, and also dropped the charges against Daniels, who filed suit against several vice officers this month.

Council also approved a new three year contract with the union representing Columbus police. The deal gives officers and most supervisors pay raises of 3 percent a year, lowers their pension contributions, and raises their health insurance payments. The deal will cost taxpayers 46.8 million dollars. The last contract expired more than a year ago. Sponsoring Council member and former Columbus Safety Director Mitch Brown says this deal was recommended by a state fact-finder.

Council also voted to place the city's 1 billion dollar bond package on the May ballot. If approved, the money would pay for capital improvement projects and create a 50 million dollar fund to address the area's affordable housing shortage.