CHAMPAIGN – At their meeting on September 15, 2020, the Champaign City Council will consider
approving a settlement of a lawsuit concerning an incident which occurred on December 28, 2018.
The incident occurred during an investigation by Champaign Police of shots fired and the subsequent
arrest of a person involved in the investigation. On March 15, 2019, Tavion J. Jones-Premo, a minor
at the time of the incident, filed a lawsuit against the City and its officers alleging civil rights
violations. If approved by the City Council, the $74,500 settlement agreement would result in the
dismissal of the claims in the lawsuit against any police officers and the City.
“Both the City and the plaintiff saw the benefit of avoiding the additional expense of litigation and
agreed on a settlement,” reports City Attorney Fred Stavins. “After reviewing all the facts in the case,
and considering the legal fees and expenses on both sides of the litigation, the proposed settlement was
determined to be in the best interests of both parties.”
The Council Bill and Report to Council relative to the proposed settlement is available for review on
the City’s website at champaignil.gov/council.