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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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