Man Gets $225k To Settle Suit Over Excessive Police Force

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - The City of Fall River has agreed to pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by a man who says city police used excessive force and fractured his leg.

The Herald News reports that former Fall River resident, Carlos Roldan, sued two Fall River officers in 2017 alleging one officer kicked him repeatedly, fracturing his leg, while the other officer watched.

The suit says police used excessive force after Roldan asked them why they were arresting his sister while responding to a disturbance complaint involving her neighbor.

Roldan faced criminal charges including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but they were dismissed.

The city's attorney said the $225,000 settlement was fair.

Police Chief Albert Dupere could not be immediately reached for comment.

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