Jacksonville man gets $110,000 in settlement with city over claims against JPD

By Gary Scott on February 13, 2015 at 7:54am

Details of a settlement between a Jacksonville man and the city over a claim of excessive force by the police department have been released.

WLDS-WEAI News has obtained information through a Freedom of Information Act request that shows Robert Black received a $110,000 settlement in the deal, which was reached after Black filed a federal lawsuit.

Attorneys for Black told us there’s no admission of liability as part of the deal, which was executed several weeks ago.

Black was arrested in February 2012 for resisting a peace officer, disturbing the peace and public intoxication outside Good Time Doc’s. The lawsuit claims Black and a friend were told to leave the area after walking up to police who were interviewing a female friend.

After leaving, the suit states a box of gum was thrown to the ground, after which policemen Brian Baptist and Gabe Looker chased after Black, who was allegedly grabbed by them and violently slammed to the ground.

The suit claims Black suffered ear injuries and a broken vertebra, and claims the city used “excessive and unreasonable force” in arresting him.

Black was sentenced to two days in jail for resisting a peace officer last week after pleading guilty to that charge in Morgan County Court.

Update: WLDS-WEAI News has received information from a FOIA request that confirms what we originally reported this morning, citing other media sources.