Man killed by KCK police previously received $300k settlement for police brutality

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A man shot and killed by Kansas City Kansas police Wednesday had previously sued the Kansas City Missouri Police Department for excessive force.

Multiple sources confirm to the 41 Action News Investigators that the victim is Manuel Palacio, 27.

In a news release from KCKPD, the department said officers were attempting to make an arrest when they were approached by an armed suspect. 

No other details were provided as of Thursday morning.

Police Brutality Settlement

In Dec. 2015, the 41 Action News Investigators first released video from 2014 that showed KCPD officers approaching Palacio in their cruiser as he was walking down the street.

The video showed police nudging Palacio with their vehicle and Palacio immediately lowering himself to the ground.

However, once he places his hands behind his back, officers can be seen punching Palacio.

The arresting officers can also be heard threatening Palacio.

Palacio and his attorney, Tom Porto, sued the police department and ultimately settled the case for $300,000.

Palacio was sent to prison for stealing.

Trying to make a better life for his son

Palacio was released from prison in October 2017. 

Days after his release, the 41 Action News Investigators spoke by phone with Palacio.

He said he was working as a cook and going back to school. Palacio also said he was trying to make a better life for himself and his son. 

During the conversation, Palacio credited his attorney for turning his life around.

Stay with 41 Action News on this developing story.

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