The Longmont Housing Authority has agreed to a $170,000 legal settlement with four residents of The Suites supportive housing complex and their American Civil Liberties Union attorneys, a news release said Friday.

The settlement is the latest chapter in the saga of civil rights claims that Longmont police in 2017 unconstitutionally searched homes at the direction of the housing provider, the release states.

The settlement is the second related to the Longmont Police Department’s warrantless searches of The Suites, a low-income housing complex especially for disabled and elderly people. The city in 2017 agreed to pay $210,000 to the ACLU and the four residents: Alice Boatner, Billy Sparling, Michael Kealy, and Christine Herrera.

The ACLU agreement with Longmont Housing Authority also included non-monetary provisions such as a public statement from the housing provider contradicting past alleged misstatements that the residents consented to the search.

It also secured a Longmont Housing Authority commitment to refrain from making further statements that justify or mitigate the seriousness of the searches and the constitutional rights at issue, and the housing provider’s role in the police activity, the release said.

“I’m so glad for this case to finally end with a fair settlement and new rules that will make sure what happened to me doesn’t happen to others,” Kealey stated in the release. “It’s nice to have vindication and not just be another statistic.”

Rebecca Wallace, staff attorney for ACLU of Colorado, said prior Longmont Housing Authority leadership had put off coming to a settlement agreement sooner because it refused to acknowledge its tenants did not permit the searches. She credited the forward motion to the change in Longmont Housing Authority leadership. Jillian Baldwin took the helm as new permanent director after the ouster of Michael Reis.

Reis directed the organization at the time of the searches, and was later fired after a photo of him surfaced mocking a Times-Call story ranking the newspaper’s coverage of the questionable police activity at The Suites as one of its top stories of 2017. Reis later apologized for his actions.

Wallace also thanked the Longmont Police Department and city of Longmont for coming to a settlement quickly for their roles.

“Police Chief (Mike) Butler was just really concerned about repairing ties with the community immediately,” Wallace said. “Longmont Housing Authority spent quite a bit of time casting aspersions on our clients suggesting they had consented to searches and making it seem as if their privacy rights are somehow diminished because they’re in public housing.”

She added: “That being said, Longmont Housing Authority went through a leadership change, and we hope and believe it’s because of that leadership change that we were able to come to a fair and just resolution with the claims, not only with the payment of money, but rescinding former statements … and agreeing to refrain from doing this in the future.”

Before the settlement was reached, the ACLU had drafted a lawsuit containing Fourth Amendment claims on the right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure and were prepared to file in federal court in Denver, Wallace said.

Baldwin did not immediately return an email seeking comment Friday.