City pays $160K to settle suit over 'pro wrestling' kick
Jul. 17, 2017
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania city has paid $160,000 to settle a lawsuit by a convicted robber who contends an officer's "pro wrestling"-style kick to his head fractured his jaw.
The (Allentown) Morning Call (http://bit.ly/2v9dKNN ) reported the settlement Monday in an online story which contains the two-minute dashcam video of the Allentown police arrest of Hector Medina-Pena.
The 34-year-old is serving 4½ to 10 years in prison for robbing the strip club that led to his arrest in May 2015.
The city determined Officer Joseph Iannetta's actions — including the kick — were "appropriate under the circumstances," namely an arrest in which Medina-Pena seemed confused and didn't immediately lay face-down like three other occupants in the vehicle. The suspect was on all fours when he was kicked to the ground, breaking his jaw and costing him three teeth.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com