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Lawsuit settled in police brutality case

A lawsuit has been settled in the case of a man who was arrested and then beaten by a police officer even though there is no evidence that the arrested man was resisting the arrest. The case didn't happen here in New York, but it is emblematic of a problem that could occur anywhere in the country: some police officers simply show no compassion for anyone in their line of work, and physically abuse people who they pull over or arrest.

In this particular case, the man who was arrested was pulled over by an officer who looked up the individual and found he had an outstanding warrant. The officer called for backup. When it arrived, they approached the car and arrested the man, initially without incident. They then pulled the man over to the police car and out of view of the car's video camera, but audio was still captured. The arrested man says that the police officer "hit him in the testicles" and that he would sue them.

The man pleaded guilty to one of the drug charges of which he was accused as a result of the stop. But his civil lawsuit was recently settled for $12,000, and the police department accepts no responsibility as a result of the lawsuit.

While that last sentence may be bittersweet, it is still imperative for people who victimized of police brutality and violence to hold those officers and departments accountable for their negligence.

Source: Duluth News Tribune, "Moorhead settles police brutality claim for $12,000, admits no liability," Dave Olson, Feb. 23, 2017

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