Springfield Settles Police Brutality Case

Sep 5, 2012

   The city of Springfield Massachusetts has agreed to pay $575,000 to a black man whose beating by a flashlight wielding police officer was recorded by a passerby and put on the internet.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

    The settlement  between the city of Springfield and Melvin Jones III was reached after a two day mediation session in federal court.  Jones had sued the city and its police for civil rights violations and assault stemming from a 2009 traffic stop where a  now ex-police officer, Jeffrey Asher struck Jones repeatedly on the face with a metal flashlight.  John Liebel, a lawyer for the city, called it a good settlement.

   Jones is behind bars awaiting trial on drug and domestic assault charges.. The ex-cop, Asher was convicted of assaulting Jones and sentenced last Spring to 18 months in jail.