The Estate of Gary Thompson

May 4, 2006
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Acting Chief Christopher M. McGaffin
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

On April 24, 2006, the parties in The Estate of Gary Thompson v. United States, et al., Civil Action No. 04-2002 (JR), filed a Stipulation for Compromise Settlement with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff, the Office of the United States Attorney, and the United States Capitol Police mutually agreed upon the terms of the settlement. Significantly, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed with prejudice the claims against the individually-named officers. The United States did not admit to any liability in the settlement and the U.S. Capitol Police maintained that its officers at all times acted appropriately and within the scope of their official duties. However, taking a case to trial in any matter always involves litigation risks. We believe that the settlement of this matter was very reasonable and the right and fair thing to do. Nevertheless, this was a very tragic incident and our sympathies go out to Mr. Thompson’s family. .

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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer