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Officer assigned to clean up homeless camps files $10M claim against Seattle
SEATTLE -- The City of Seattle began reviewing a $10 million tort claim filed against the city by one of its own officers. Officer Timothy Gifford’s attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, said pollution in a homeless encampment he was assigned to clean led to his Type II Diabetes diagnosis. Beauregard filed the tort claim Wednesday on behalf of Gifford and his family. The claim alleged the city negligently exposed Gifford to dangerous man-made toxins called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in January 2019. The encampment was located in Seattle near the area of 1st Avenue South and Denver Street South.