City settles harassment lawsuit against former officer


SANTA FE (AP) – City officials put a dollar amount on the settlement for eight women who filed a lawsuit in 2012 accusing former Santa Fe police officer Michael Eiskant of harassment.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Eiskant pleaded no contest in April 2012 to charges involving women who sued him in civil court. Stalking, harassment, and two counts of unauthorized computer use were among 10 criminal charges.

The $770,000 settlement reached last week includes $55,000 the city previously agreed to pay one woman. Eiskant’s accusers included a former Santa Fe police officer and two Department of Public Safety officers.

They claim Eiskant, whose lawyer didn’t respond to requests for comment, stalked them, used police resources to research them, and pulled them over under false pretenses and displayed lewd and provocative behavior.

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