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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 02:09

Paterson, NJ to Pay $39,500 in Resident’s Lawsuit Alleging Beating by Police Officers

A city man who claimed he was beaten by four Paterson police officers will get a $39,500 settlement of the federal excessive force lawsuit he filed.

The man, Gregory Bouie, said in his lawsuit that he and his girlfriend at the time, Tanisha Green, had taken a vehicle to an auto body shop at North 9th and Temple streets in August 2013 when the four officers arrived at the scene in response to a call about a domestic dispute.

The lawsuit says that Bouie and Green told the officers they had an argument but no physical altercation.

But the lawsuit alleges that the officers handcuffed Bouie and then kicked and struck him. The lawsuit also says that the officers beat Bouie a second time near the elevators at police headquarters.

The lawsuit says the criminal charges filed against Bouie were late dismissed. It says he suffered a fractured bone in his hand from the incident.

The lawsuit identifies the officers as Rafael Campos, Brian Goodson, Florence Ackerman and Guiseppe Ciarla.

The City Council approved the settlement at its meeting on the night of May 3.

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