Northampton settles with man who alleged police misconduct
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The city of Northampton has agreed to pay more than $52,000 to a man who said police used excessive force and wrongfully arrested him outside a bar two years ago.
The settlement with Jonas Correia announced Monday was paid by the city’s insurer.
Mayor David Narkewicz said in a statement that the settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing or liability.
In a March 2013 incident caught on video by a bystander, Correia was taken to the ground by two officers while a third pepper sprayed his face. They thought Correia had assaulted a bouncer.
Charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct against Correia were eventually dropped.
Correia, who is black, said a statement that without the video, he likely would have been convicted because of his race.