Cleveland suburb settles police use-of-force suit for $170K

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who said police unnecessarily slammed him into the ground while responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home has reached a $170,000 settlement in his lawsuit against suburban Cleveland officers.

The suit said Mark Bartkiewicz suffered a torn rotator cuff and other injuries in the May 2015 confrontation in Parma. A police report indicated he was resisting when officers took him to the ground, but Bartkiewicz said he wasn’t being aggressive. ( ) reports the city of Parma agreed to the $170,000 settlement Monday.

Parma’s law director says he worked on the settlement with a legal representative for the city’s insurance provider.

Bartkiewicz’s attorney, Sara Gedeon, says everyone involved wanted to resolve the matter and move forward.


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