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Northampton settles with man who alleged police misconduct

February 2, 2016

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.

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