City spending panel asked to approve $40,000 settlement

Plaintiff alleges he was falsely arrested and subject to an assault and battery by officers

September 02, 2014|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's spending panel is asked to approve a $40,000 settlement on charges that city officers falsely arrested a man and committed assault and battery against him at his Glen Oaks apartment.

Alex Dickson, the plaintiff in the case, received significant injuries to his teeth, nose and ribs after three officers came to his apartment on Aug. 13, 2010 with his girlfriend under the terms of a protective order so she could retrieve some personal items.

When the group arrived, Dickson used his body to block Officer James Wilder from crossing the threshold when Wilder grabbed Dickson and placed him under arrest, according to the settlement memo presented to the Board of Estimates.

The two other officers assisted in the struggle between Wilder and Dickson, who was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The settlement is recommended because of conflicts in the facts surrounding the case and legal concerns regarding the lawfulness of the arrests, the memo says.

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