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L.A. County to Pay $4.75M Settlement to Man Beaten By Deputies During Traffic Stop

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a $4.75-million settlement to a Black man who filed a lawsuit after he was beaten so badly by sheriff’s deputies that he wound up with permanent eye damage, missing teeth and facial fractures.

Christopher Bailey said he was driving home from work in 2020 when two deputies pulled him over in Inglewood, then dragged him from his car and beat him without any apparent provocation. Minutes later, four other deputies joined in and began kicking him as he lay on the ground, according to a federal lawsuit filed two years ago.

The deputies involved denied wrongdoing in court filings and the district attorney’s office ultimately declined to press charges, but lawyers for the county agreed to settle and this week supervisors approved the payment.


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