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City settles police brutality lawsuit

City settles police brutality lawsuit

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A screen grab from a video, posted on YouTube on Jan. 6, 2013, showing three Bridgeport, Conn. police officers kicking a man in Beardsley Park on May 20, 2011. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 city officials said they agreed to settle the man's civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department, paying him $198,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed
A screen grab from a video, posted on YouTube on Jan. 6, 2013, showing three Bridgeport, Conn. police officers kicking a man in Beardsley Park on May 20, 2011. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 city officials said they agreed to settle the man's civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department, paying him $198,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed
A screen grab from a video, posted on YouTube on Jan. 6, 2013, showing three Bridgeport, Conn. police officers kicking a man in Beardsley Park on May 20, 2011. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 city officials said they agreed to settle the man's civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department, paying him $198,000. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed
Dylan Fortunato, 8, gives a big thumbs up as he sits in a firetruck for the first time at the Milford Fire Department Station 7 on Wheeler's Farm Road on Feb 11th, 2009.
New United Technologies Corporation president and CEO Louis Chenevert meets the press after the aerospace company's annual general meeting in Longueuil, Quebec, outside Montreal on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Ian Barrett)

BRIDGEPORT — It was all there on video — a city man is shot twice with a stun gun after he runs from police in Beardsley Park and is then stomped by three officers as he lies on the ground.

The stark video of the cops kicking the prone man made national news and triggered protests from local activists and civil rights groups when it popped up last year on YouTube. It also launched an FBI investigation into the officers’ conduct.

On Tuesday, after receiving a Freedom of Information request from Hearst Connecticut Media, city officials said they agreed to settle the man’s civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department, paying him $198,000. The federal lawsuit originally called for a $10 million payout.

"Considering costs associated with proceeding to trial, a resolution was reached that is fair and reasonable for all parties in this case," said Police Department Spokesman William Kaempffer.

On the video, recorded May 20, 2011, Orlando Lopez-Soto, 28, is seen running from the right side of the frame when there is the electric sound of a stun gun. Lopez-Soto falls face down in the grass and officers Joseph Lawlor and Elson Morales run up to him and begin kicking and stomping on him. The video was shot by an unnamed passerby.

Officer Clive Higgins then pulls up in his patrol car, gets out, and leaning on Morales for support, also begins kicking Lopez-Soto.

Lopez-Soto is serving a 5-year prison term after being found guilty of criminal possession of a firearm,…

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