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Man who sued Baltimore officer for false arrest settles for $200,000

Man who sued Baltimore officer for false arrest settles for $200,000

A Defense Department analyst who accused a Baltimore police officer of false arrest in 2010 has agreed to settle his civil lawsuit for $200,000, city records show. One fact in the case differs from most other lawsuits against Baltimore officers: The plaintiff, Jamal Butler, said during a trial last year that the officer did not physically assault him. Still, the jury awarded damages totaling $272,790. The city appealed the jury verdict, but before a judge ruled, the parties reached a settlement. A summary of Butler's lawsuit against then-Officer David Reeping — who has been part of two other settlements — is listed in the Law Department's online database of police...

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