New Jersey Police Rough Up Legally Deaf Man, He Gets $82,500 Settlement

The township of Berkeley, New Jersey, agreed to pay $82,500 to a legally deaf man — Heriberto Carrasquillo — who says he was a victim of excessive force in a 2016 arrest.

Carrasquillo accused Patrolmen Taylor Butler, Christopher Elliott and former Patrolman Patrick J. Stesner of punching and kneeing him, and pushing his face into concrete, notes the Asbury Park Press.

Police originally went to a home where Carrasquillo was staying to investigate a domestic incident. Carrasquillo could not understand the officers’ instructions and told them so.

Township police denied any wrongdoing, but the township folded and paid the settlement with taxpayer dollars.

(Source: Asbury Park Press)

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