Do you have a lawyer? If YES, the lawyer can negotiate with the City at any time. If NO, I suspect the City will ignore you in hopes you fail to timely file a lawsuit.
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It would help to know whether any criminal charges were filed against you and/or your husband. and whether the hearing you spoke of was in a criminal or civil proceeding From what you said, I know what he "wasn't" charged with but, nothing else was said by you about pending criminal proceedings..
As far as the excessive force claim is concerned, that needs to be pursued in a civil lawsuit and their are STRICT and very limited time constraints. The limitations period for intentional acts, such as excessive force, runs from the day your husband was victimized. You and your husband should consult with an attorney experieinced in police civil liability claims immediately
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