Officer fired in Downtown incident gets $5,000 from city

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March 15, 2004 // UPDATED 9:50 am - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

It's the $5,000 epilogue to the story of Steven Tatro, a fired Minneapolis police officer.

The City Council approved a $5,000 payment to settle a claim for Tatro's defense costs as the less expensive alternative to ongoing litigation.

According to a March 21, 2001 City Pages article, Tatro was working security for the Dayton Radisson parking ramp on May 12, 1999 and confronted Kevin Bufford when Bufford went into the alley to urinate. Tatro severly beat him, the article reported.

City Attorney Jay Heffern wrote the Council's Ways and Means Committee Feb. 10: "Based on the amount of the proposed settlement, the potential value of the claim, the costs of defending additional extensive litigation on the issue and the strength of the claim, we believe the proposed settlement is in the best interests of the city."

According to Heffern's memo, "Tatro used force against Mr. Bufford while off duty" which resulted in Tatro's termination.