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Bronx Teen Beaten by NYPD Wins $500K in Civil Suit, Lawyer Says

THE BRONX — A teenager who sued the city after he was beaten by police during a stop-and-frisk in 2012 has won almost $500,000 in a settlement, according to his attorney. Police used batons to beat Jateik Reed, then 19, and pepper sprayed a friend who tried to video the incident during a stop at East 167th Street on Jan. 26, 2012, according to the civil complaint. Video of the attack shows four police throwing Reed to the ground, then repeatedly beating and kicking the teenager. Police initially claimed that they found crack and marijuana when they searched Reed and the attack was spurred by his attempt to escape arrest, according to complaint. But the charges were dropped in March 2012 because no drugs were found on the teenager, court records show. Reed sued the city and was awarded $480,000 in a settlement in Bronx Supreme Court in July. His mother and brother — both of whom were arrested when they tried to complain at the 42nd Precinct — were also named in the settlement. The Reed family is expected at NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza Friday afternoon to demand Commissioner James O’Neill fire the officers who beat the young man, according to Reed's attorney. “Commissioner O’Neill has talked about community policing,” said Oliver. “Here are some community members who are calling on him and the police to get their act together.” The NYPD declined to comment beyond the a brief statement. "The officers involved in the incident have been disciplined by the NYPD," police said.
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