PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials agreed Wednesday to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the January 2017 death of a Black man during an arrest attempt in which he cried out that he couldn’t breathe as officers held him down.
The 7-2 vote by the City Council ends the lawsuit by the sister of Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin, who was homeless and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. City spokesman Dan Wilson declined to comment on the settlement on behalf of the city and police department.
Lawyers representing the city had previously denied the lawsuit’s allegations of excessive force and wrongful death.
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