A federal lawsuit against Joplin police officer Ron Buchanan was officially dismissed today.
The dismissal order, signed by Judge James C. England, was filed in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The attorney for James Wright, the Joplin man who claimed Buchanan, other Joplin police officers and Jasper County Sheriff's Department deputies beat him during his arrest in January 2001, filed a document Dec. 9 saying that the case against Buchanan would be dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again.
The Dec. 9 filing indicated that a settlement had been reached between Wright and three other officers.
Buchanan, you will recall, has been in the news recently for his involvement in the controversial arrest and handcuffing of an 11-year-old boy at a Joplin elementary school.