Jan 24, 2013 7:24 PM by Connie Murphy

Salida, lawyer settle free speech suit for $43,000

DENVER (AP) - The city of Salida (suh-LY'-duh) has agreed to pay a Colorado defense attorney $43,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit filed against one of its officers. Lawyer Daniel Zettler says that during a boat race in 2011 in Salida, he shouted to a man who was being detained by officers, "Don't forget your constitutional right to remain silent."

Zettler says one officer arrested him on a charge of obstructing a police officer. The Salida Municipal Court later dismissed the charge. Zettler had argued he had a First Amendment right to advise the detained man. Zettler's attorney David Lane says the settlement money was paid Wednesday. Settlement documents indicate $17,350 of the amount went to Zettler's attorneys.
The city administrator of Salida didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.


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