New York offers to settle Onondaga protesters' suit with State Police

A lawyer for dozens of people beaten or arrested by state police during a protest on the Onondaga Indian Nation 15 years ago says New York has agreed to pay them nearly $3 million to settle a lawsuit.

Terrance Hoffmann tells the Post-Standard of Syracuse the state and another lawyer representing others in the lawsuit have agreed to settle the case for just under $3 million. Hoffman represents about half of the 98 people involved.

He says the settlement won't be final until all plaintiffs sign it.

Troopers and more than 100 protesters, mostly American Indians, clashed on May 18, 1997 on Onondaga land just south of Syracuse. The lawsuit accused troopers of using excessive force in breaking up a peaceful protest.

State officials aren't commenting on the settlement.