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Man settles suit related to police brutality over false arrest

In the vast majority of cases, police and other law enforcement officials make every effort to both uphold the law and protect the rights of residents. Unfortunately, there have been disturbing circumstances concerning police brutality and other forms of overreach. Recently, an Arizona resident settled his case over a false arrest.

According to the lawsuit that was recently filed, the officials in his former state failed to fully investigate allegations concerning whether the man was involved in a crime that occurred early last year. The suit alleged that the man was arrested due to his social media connections to an individual who was involved in the crime. He also purportedly matched a vague description of one of the people believed to have been involved in the robbery.

The man claimed that police arrived at his home and placed him under arrest without permitting him an opportunity to produce evidence that would have cleared him of wrongdoing. He then endured extradition from Arizona to Illinois that lasted approximately a month. He also spent an additional 30 days in police custody. His lawsuit named both the county and the county attorney who signed off on the arrest warrant without verifying the information submitted by police officers.

Linn County, Illinois, offered $285,000 to settle the case. A council member remarked that the best option when mistakes are made is to correct them and move forward. The suit claimed that the attorney knowingly made false statements when subjecting the man to the circumstances that lead to his arrest. Any Arizona resident who is subjected to police brutality or other abuses of power are assured of their rights to pursue justice for the wrongs that have been committed against them. A skilled attorney can provide invaluable assistance in helping to ensure that those wrongs are corrected in the best manner possible.

Source: littlevillagemag.com, "Linn County will pay $285,000 to a man wrongly arrested because of a photo on Facebook", Paul Brennan, Jan. 31, 2018

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