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ARTICLE ID 195979

$________ – POLICE LIABILITY – EXCESSIVE FORCE – CITY SUED AFTER OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER FRACTURES MAN'S CHEEKBONE IN FIGHT – ALLEGED VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS.

U.S. District Court, Western, Pennsylvania

In this police liability action, a man sued after his cheekbone was broken during an altercation with a police officer. The suit was resolved with a settlement.

On February 27, ________, the 28-year-old plaintiff, Taylor C., was involved in a fight Saddle Ridge nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA. The incident occurred after the intoxicated plaintiff was told to leave by Detective Robert H. of the Pittsburgh Police Department. The defendant officer – who was working off-duty security at the venue that night – stated that the altercation occurred after the plaintiff grabbed him. The plaintiff maintained that he did not touch the officer at all, and that he was struck in the face after calling the officer a derogatory name. The plaintiff sustained a broken cheekbone in the altercation. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass. In August ________, he was found not guilty by a Court of Common Pleas judge.

The plaintiff filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, naming as defendants the City of Pittsburgh and Detective Robert H., as well as several other officers. The plaintiff accused defendant of excessive force and violation of his civil rights, and sought damages for medical expenses and pain and suffering.The matter was ultimately resolved via settlement for $________ in damages for the plaintiff.

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