RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Racine has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who says he was handcuffed and beaten outside his home after police came to investigate a car accident he wasn’t involved in.
The City Council has agreed to pay Miguel Veguilla $100,000.
The lawsuit filed by Veguilla last July says his girlfriend had been in an accident, left her information with another driver and left the scene before police arrived. Police found the woman’s vehicle at Veguilla’s house. The complaint says Veguilla was sleeping and didn’t know about the accident.
The Journal Times says Veguilla was arrested. A charge of resisting arrest was later dropped.
City Attorney Scott Letteney says it seemed more appropriate to settle than move forward with a trial, given the circumstances of the case.