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Associated Press, Published July 24 2012

Dozens of Twin Cities illegal search, seizure victims receive awards

MINNEAPOLIS — Dozens of victims of illegal searches, seizures and excessive force have been awarded more than $840,000 in the Twin Cities.

The awards range from $300 to $75,000 and are part of a settlement in a lawsuit over the actions of the disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. The multi-jurisdictional police agency was shut down by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety three years ago after reports that the unit's officers seized property without authorization, injured people who were not suspects and broke down doors without justification.

The Star Tribune says the awards made to 96 victims Monday conclude the main phase in the 2010 settlement of a $3 million class action lawsuit. The remaining money will be used to train officers statewide on variety of issues, including property seizure.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.