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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlement Awaiting Washoe Co. Commission Approval

A $75,000 settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit against the Washoe County Jail is awaiting a vote by the Washoe County Commission.

The family of Niko Smith, who died at the Washoe County jail in 2016, has agreed to the settlement, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The commission is expected to vote on the settlement Tuesday.

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Smith is one of three men in the past two years to die because of being restrained by deputies. 

In addition to those three deaths, the Reno Gazette-Journal discovered that, since the beginning of 2015, six suicides and two deaths ruled accidents have occurred at the jail.