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$175,000 Settlement in New York False Arrest Suit

A $175,000 settlement was reached in a false arrest suit filed by a New York man and infant child.

The suit arose on August 2, 2004 when Keith Brown and an infant child, D.M. were in the park in Pelham, New York. A village of Pelham police officer unlawfully approached them, grabbed Brown roughly, pulled and twisted his arms behind his back, handcuffed him, and placed him in back of a police car. Infant D.M. was subjected to excessive force by the officer roughly throwing him into the front seat of the car. The suit also stated that officers Ryan Carden, Sean McDowell, and Sergeant David Condon over-tightened Brown’s handcuffs and maliciously left him shackled to a pole in a hazardous position for three hours, despite repeated complaints of pain. Both Brown and infant D.M. were released without charge.

Suit was filed in federal court on August 22, 2005, raising claims of false arrest, excessive force, and failure to intervene. Settlement was reached on October 26, 2010, awarding Brown $152,500 and infant D.M. $22,500 in damages. Brown was represented by Leventhal & Klein of Brooklyn, New York.

See: Brown v. Village of Pelham, Case No: CV-05-7386 (U.S.D.C. S.D.N.Y.).

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