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Clovis police settle brutality lawsuit for $650,000

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A former Clovis resident will receive $650,000 to settle a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department.

 

George Macias Jr., 24, had accused four police officers of beating him while he was handcuffed during a September 2012 incident. Before the settlement, police contended that Macias initiated the fight and put the officers' lives in danger by resisting arrest.

 

Macias was found not guilty of resisting arrest in connection to the incident.

 

The settlement, which Macias accepted on Friday, comes two months after a judge ruled that Macias and his attorney were entitled to confidential police documents about one of the officers involved.