A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a Parkers Prairie man against Otter Tail County reached a $1.6 million settlement this week. Kameron Boudin alleged a sheriff’s deputy used excessive force during a 2018 arrest in a lawsuit he filed earlier this year. The disabled Marine combat veteran alleged that Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremias “J.J.” Krupich punched him several times in the face and forehead while he was lying on his back, restrained by Krupich. The suit said the deputy’s actions led to a serious brain injury, mental health problems and other significant physical trauma for Boudin.
Boudin’s attorney, Robert Bennett of Minneapolis, said “we’re not unhappy with the settlement…It’s not an insubstantial amount.” The money will be paid by an insurance fund for counties and associated public entities called the Minnesota County Intergovernmental Trust. County Administrator Nicole Hanson said the settlement is not an admission of liability, but rather a chance to bring “closure for everyone involved without facing the uncertainty of a jury trial.”
At the time of the incident, deputies were looking for Boudin in relation to a bar fight. Krupich, who is no longer with the Sheriff’s Office, allegedly stradled Boudin and punched him repeatedly in the face. Surgeries following the incident left Boudin with 27 screws and 7 plates in his head, according to the suit. He has also suffered personality and behavioral changes often associated with frontal lobe injuries.