Omaha to pay $100,000 settlement to end lawsuit by man who accused police of excessive force


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OMAHA, Nebraska — A judge has signed off on a $100,000 settlement the city of Omaha will pay to a man who sued the city and several police officers he accused of using excessive force in his 2011 arrest.

The city will pay Robert Wagner $32,000 in damages and $68,000 in legal fees and other costs. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon signed the order Tuesday.

The videotaped arrest of Wagner in May 2011 outside an Omaha hospital emergency room led to accusations of police brutality.

A hospital security camera captured images of several Omaha police officers pinning down Wagner in the hospital's parking lot. The video seemed to show one officer kicking him while he was restrained on the ground. Two officers were fired, but both were later reinstated following arbitration.

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