Baltimore spending board expected to approve $135,000 settlement for man tackled by police outside nightclub

Baltimore's spending board is expected to approve a $135,000 settlement Wednesday for a man who was violently tackled by police outside a Greenmount Avenue nightclub in 2014.

A bystander captured video of the incident, which involved officers using tasers and batons as they attempted to subdue Jamar Kennedy.

Kennedy had left Melba’s Place in the 3100 block of Greenmount Ave. and then returned to retrieve something, according to the Board of Estimates agenda. Inside, he was confronted by a bouncer who put him a chokehold and forced him out of the building.

A police officer saw what was happening and intervened, using force that Kennedy alleged in a lawsuit was unnecessary.

At the time, authorities said the use of force appeared to have been justified. But in the board agenda, officials said that because of “the uncertainty of how a jury might view the circumstances, the parties propose to settle the matter.”

The city Law Department’s settlement committee agreed that was for the best.

Kennedy was charged with assault and resisting arrest in connection with the incident, but prosecutors eventually dropped the case. His lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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