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Milwaukee to pay $100,000 to woman punched by police officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The city of Milwaukee has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit from a woman punched by a Milwaukee police officer and pulled out of a police car by her hair.

The settlement was announced Wednesday. The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on Jeanie Tracy’s behalf in spring 2014.

According to police, Tracy was arrested in September 2011 after a traffic stop. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports video from a squad car shows her stomping her feet, spitting and cursing before being punched, dragged out of the car by her hair and kneed in the stomach by Officer Richard Schoen.

Schoen was initially fired, but a commission said he should get a 60-day suspension. Schoen was dismissed after the commission reversed its decision following public outcry. His firing was upheld by a judge last fall.

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