Mason City, Iowa (AP) – The Mason City police chief has apologized for the arrest of a Mason City businessman who later was cleared.
The letter dated Nov. 22 and the $137,500 settlement paid ended a civil rights lawsuit Kristopher “Kit” Alcorn filed in August 2015.
Alcorn’s lawsuit said an officer conducted a false arrest and malicious prosecution against him after an incident at a store. An employee said Alcorn assaulted him. Alcorn denied that, and the assault charge against him was later dismissed.
The lawsuit also said another officer retaliated against Alcorn after the charge was dismissed.
The letter written by Police Chief Jeff Brinkley says the department “regrets that a more thorough investigation was not completed, and apologizes for any stress or disorder. …”