Sunrise Resident Receives $125,000 Settlement in Police Brutality Claim

The city of Davie has agreed to pay a 21-year-old Sunrise man $125,000 after three of its police officers were accused of brutality stemming from his May 2009 arrest.

The young man claimed that he was stopped without cause as he walked along the street, and that during the ensuing arrest, he was punched and kicked “countless times” on his face, head, and body. He contended the officers also shocked him numerous times with a Taser; that a K-9 dog bit him; and that he was forced to put his hands on the scalding hood of a police vehicle.

Besides numerous cuts and bruises on his body and face, he also lost a tooth in the melee.

The Davie police officers involved in the arrest claimed they stopped the man because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Although the man was charged with battery of an officer and resisting arrest with violence, the Broward State Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges, claiming that the arrest was “unlawful.”

The Sun Sentinel revealed that two of the officers had been accused of using excessive force before this incident. One officer had been accused several times between 2007 and 2009. They were both cleared in each of the cases by the police department’s Internal Affairs division.

Initially, the plaintiff’s attorney had asked the city for $1 million in 2010. The city rejected that offer, but decided to settle after the attorney filed a federal lawsuit against the officers and the city.

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