UPDATE: Tuscaloosa city council approves settlement to attorney of woman in viral arrest video

UPDATE: Tuscaloosa city council approves settlement to attorney of woman in viral arrest video
Body camera footage of Jhasmynn Sheppard's arrest on April 19, 2019. (Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday approving a settlement payment to the attorney of a woman whose arrest captured on video went viral back in April.

The payment of $16,500 was authorized to Julie Love, the attorney for Jhasmynn Sheppard, in settlement of a claim. No word on any of the details surrounding the claim.

You may remember the arrest of Sheppard was captured on video back in April. In the video, it appeared two Tuscaloosa police officers appeared to beat Sheppard during a traffic stop.

At the time, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson said he was disgusted while watching the body camera footage of two officers arresting the 22-year-old woman.

We spoke to Sheppard’s attorney Julie Love Wednesday. Love said that Sheppard and the city of Tuscaloosa had come to an agreement, but the case is still a work in progress.

The Tuscaloosa city attorney declined to comment if they would continue to pursue charges against Sheppard. “We have no comment. We do not comment on pending litigation,” said Tuscaloosa Deputy City Attorney James P. Woodson III.

In April, Sheppard was arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault (F), disarming law enforcement (F), and resisting arrest (M).

Upon a search of court records two months later, it appeared those charges were still pending.

We reached out to Sheppard for comment, but we did not immediately hear back.

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