Torrance CA settles suit over illegal destruction of guns
Story here. The city police would refuse to return guns that came into their hands but should legally have been returned to their owners. In this case, they destroyed the guns despite court orders to the contrary. And wound up paying $30K to settle the civil suit.
Update: whether the taxpayers are on the book depends upon the law being sued under and local policies. If it was brought as a California case, I don't know. If brought under section 1983, the officials themselves would have been liable (since unconstitutional acts are not seen as "official duties." But a lot of governments will cover the sums anyway. The one limit there is that the 9th Circuit has ruled that a policy of covering punitive damages (that is, a policy, rather than a case-by-case review) can make the government liable, since it is essentially endorsing willful constitutional violations in advance of their occurring).