Chief Demitrous Cook at a Feb. 21, 2020 news conference where he apologized for the Snapchat incident.

City Council Monday will be asked to approve a $120,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed by a man whose mugshot former police chief Demitrous Cook inadvertently posted to the social media site Snapchat.

Kevin Logan was one of several men included in a collection of 80 photos Cook posted to the service. Cook said he thought he was just saving the images to his cell phone so he could later review them at home.

Several of the men filed federal lawsuits over the incident. Some of their claims were dismissed, but the city settled the suit filed by the other men for $90,000 last year.

Logan’s case had an extra twist, in that his mugshot included a notation “HIV” — which Logan said falsely asserted that he was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.

In June Federal District Judge Matthew Kennelly dismissed some of Logan’s claims, but allowed a due process claim to stand.

Rather than go to trial on that issue, the city’s legal staff is recommending that the city agree to make the $120,000 payment to settle the case.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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