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The city of Pittsburgh and its insurance company agreed to pay $170,000 to settle a lawsuit with a man who said police fractured his knee during the 2009 Group of 20 international economic summit, a city official said Wednesday.
Frank Beal, 58, of Point Breeze, agreed to dismiss his federal lawsuit Tuesday. Dan Regan, Pittsburgh solicitor, said today that the lawsuit settled and the $170,000 will come from an insurance policy.
"The city and the insurance carrier felt it was reasonable and prudent to settle the case," Regan said. "We met with council in executive session and a majority consented to the settlement."
Regan said the city is not admitting any wrongdoing with the settlement.
Beal sued in August, claiming police broke his kneecap after repeatedly striking it with a baton, according to his lawsuit. Beal's lawsuit named the city, a Harrisburg police officer the city hired to work the security detail and several other unidentified police officers as defendants.
Beal claimed he was walking toward an Oakland street corner on Sept. 24, 2009, when a Harrisburg officer and several others grabbed him from behind, forced him to the ground, sprayed pepper spray in the his face, smacked his face on the sidewalk and repeatedly struck him on his right knee and shin with a police baton, according to his lawsuit.
"He was watching the G-20 as a witness," said Sam Hens-Greco, one of Beal`s attorneys. "Here`s a guy you want to be your neighbor. He lives in the city. He works in the city. We believe the police actions were inappropriate and unreasonable. He stood up for his rights."