The city of Davenport has apologized to a former alderman and paid him nearly $50,000. It was an out-of-court settlement with 72-year-old Keith Meyer, who is very hearing-impaired. And it’s an offshoot from a disclosure made during Meyer’s trial last year, at which he was acquitted on a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly pointing a gun at a neighbor.
A recording from a police officer’s open microphone was played during the trial. On it, a civilian police employee said when he went to Meyer’s house to respond to a damage complaint, he knocked softly so Meyer would not hear him. Mayor Bill Gluba says the employee’s action was “totally inappropriate and indefensible.”
(Reporting by Phil Roberts, Davenport)