Northport Agrees To Pay For Vehicle Damage

The city of Northport has agreed Monday to pay almost $1,400 to repair a vehicle police officers used for cover and concealment during a standoff back in March.

The 2 hour standoff started when David Frank Barker, who was wanted for questioning about allegations of domestic violence, was pulled over near the Dreamland Bar-B-Que restaurant but refused to exit his vehicle.

The event was eventually resolved peacefully thankfully, but not before the scene was surrounded by investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, Northport Police Department officers, Northport SWAT and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

According to a claim filed by James Washington Jr., some of those officers had leaned on and across his vehicle during the standoff, leaving scratches on his fender, bumpers, doors and more.

In his claim, Mr. Washington asked only for enough money to cover the cost of repairing his vehicle and said his complaint was “not about the money.”

City Attorney Ron Davis said after his review, the city’s claims committee unanimously recommended payment of Washington’s claim.

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