Madison City Attorney Michael May was not happy with a federal jury's verdict on Thursday, awarding $7 million in damages to the family of a woman who was shot and killed by police in 2014.
"I am extremely disappointed in the federal jury verdict that found Madison police officers liable for excessive force, and for awarding damages," May said in a statement released Friday.
"All of our analyses, both by our internal and outside experts, concluded the officers acted within the legal standards for use of force," May said. "The jury found otherwise."
Ashley DiPiazza, 26, was shot and killed by officers Justin Bailey and Gary Pihlaja at her apartment in Madison, while she was holding a gun to her head.
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The officers were represented in court by outside counsel through Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Co., the city's insurance carrier.
The damages awarded to DiPiazza's family are covered by the city's insurance policy, May said.
"The city will be meeting with our legal counsel and the insurance company to determine our next steps, including whether there are grounds for an appeal," May said.
May also directed Mayor Paul Soglin, the City Council and other city officials and employees to refrain from commenting on the case.