DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit City Council has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused two male police officers of groping men.

The council’s approval occurred Friday, less than a week before a federal judge wanted to see all council members in his Port Huron courtroom – 60 miles away – to ask them why it’s taken so long to resolve the case.

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Judge Lawrence Zatkoff had accused them of “deliberate indifference.”

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Two men say they were groped and assaulted by two male officers during a Detroit traffic stop in 2006. The city agreed to settle the case in March for $50,000, but formal approval took months.

The council also agreed to pay $21,500 to settle three similar lawsuits involving the same officers. The officers have denied wrongdoing.

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