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$300K SETTLEMENT TO CANCER PATIENT FOR POLICE BRUTALITY

The City of Long Beach, California, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a man who was subjected to excessive force by police officers during his arrest over an expired vehicle registration.

 

Johnny Jackson, who had had prostate cancer surgery the previous day, was pulled over by police and ordered to step out of this car. He was then forcefully restrained by police officers who told him to stop talking and comply with their orders despite his attempts to explain his medical condition.

 

In the lawsuit, Jackson alleges police brutality, saying that he was first pulled in different directions by the officers and then kneed forcefully three times in the groin. The altercation required Jackson to go to the emergency room and resulted in severe pain and blood in his urine.

 

The Long Beach City Council approved the settlement but did not admit wrongdoing.

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