Mission pays $35,000 to settle Catrina Engle lawsuit over post office arrest in 2013

The City of Mission paid Catrina Engle $35,000 to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from her arrest at the Mission post office on Broadmoor in March 2013.

Catrina Engle
Catrina Engle

Engle had sued the city, then police chief John Simmons and officers Timothy Gift and Michelle Pierce, asking for $1.75 million in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages. The suit was dismissed voluntarily in federal court in late June with each side paying its own attorney fees.

The terms of the agreement originally were not released in response to an open records request submitted to the city in July. However, the public records officer for Mission on Tuesday said the “City of Mission recently received a copy of the Catrina Engle Settlement Agreement” which had been requested in an open records filing on July 25. The record was released in response to that request.

A previous response regarding payments by the city or its insurance company said the “city’s deductible was $5,000.” The insurance company’s attorneys represented the city in the suit.

During the incident at the post office, officers handcuffed Engle and took her to the ground. She was charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. She was convicted of the charges in city court, but appealed and was found not guilty during a trial in Johnson County District Court.

The agreement (embedded below) releases the city and the officers from any current or future claims related to the case. The settlement states that it does not constitute as “an admission of liability or acknowledgment of wrongdoing on the part of any of the parties released herein, all of whom expressly deny liability…”