Carver County reaches $450,000 settlement with parents of Archer Amorosi

The family of Archer Amorosi settled with the county for $450,000.
Archer Amorosi

Archer Amorosi.

Carver County has reached a settlement with the family who sued the county for violating their 16-year-old son’s privacy after he was fatally shot by police in 2018.

The family of Archer Amorosi sued the county after the incident in which county deputies were called to their Chanhassen home on a report that the teen was undergoing a mental health crisis and was threatening his mother.

An investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Amorosi came out of the house carrying a hatchet and a BB gun that resembled a handgun, with police eventually opening fire.

Officials concluded the shooting was justified because Amorosi did not drop the weapon.

The family reportedly asked officials not to disclose Amorosi’s name, mental health history or information on his death as he was a juvenile.

Nonetheless, information was released publicly by Sheriff Jason Kamerud and County Attorney Mark Metz, including a transcript of the mother's 911 call, which the Star Tribune notes was released the day before his funeral.

The lawsuit was filed in fall 2019 and alleges a violation of the Data Practices Act.

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The settlement agreed Tuesday assumes no wrongdoing on the part of the county but agrees to pay the family a total of $450,000, with $180,000 coming from the county and $270,00 coming from its insurer.

It was approved by the Carver County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, per KSTP.

“The County maintains the data that was released is public information, but also recognizes this is a cost effective resolution which brings closure to this matter and avoids the high cost of continuing litigation and the uncertainty of a lengthy jury trial and appeals process,” county documents read. 

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