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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boston to pay $1.4m to settle lawsuit against officer

A Boston corrections officer suffered brain damage when a member of the Boston PD tackled him and put him in a choke hold for filming the Boston PD engaged in a traffic stop.
The City of Boston has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit by a Middlesex County corrections officer who contends a Boston police officer tackled him and placed him in a choke hold during a 2009 arrest in the North End, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to return to work....The settlement also marked the second time that the conduct of the arresting officer, David C. Williams, has led to a costly lawsuit against the city. Williams was recently fired for using excessive force on O’Brien....O’Brien, 31, accused Williams of knocking him to the ground while he was videotaping another police officer with a cellphone.
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