Times: Seattle to pay $75,000 to man after SPD officer stepped on his head

Times: Seattle to pay $75,000 to man after SPD officer stepped on his head

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An image from a video allegedly showing Seattle Police Officer Garth Haynes stepping on a handcuffed man's head in the Ballard neighborhood, Dec. 12, 2010.

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by STEVE MILETICH / The Seattle Times

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $75,000 to a Bellingham man who alleged his civil rights were violated when an off-duty Seattle police officer stepped on his head as he lay prone and handcuffed.

The settlement resolved a federal lawsuit brought by Jake Baijot-Clary, stemming from a December 2010 fight outside the BalMar nightclub in Ballard.

The confrontation came to light at a time the Police Department was already under intense scrutiny over several high-profile incidents involving use of force, which ultimately led to a federal Department of Justice investigation that found Seattle police officers had regularly used excessive force.

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