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Thursday, July 30, 2015

City Pays $20K to Bicyclist Allegedly Beaten by Cops for Riding on the Sidewalk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:24 PM

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A man who accused three SFPD officers of beating him in 2013 after he rode his bike on the sidewalk has settled his lawsuit with the city for $20,000, as Kron 4 reports.

D’Paris “DJ” Williams, who was 20 years old at the time, had just returned home to the Valencia Gardens housing project on Nov. 15, 2013, when three officers allegedly asked him to step outside. Williams apologized for riding his bike on the sidewalk, but, according to his complaint, the officers pulled him out of the house, threw him on the ground, and punched him in the face and back of the neck. At one point, Williams said, the officers choked him.

Per Kron 4, the officers took Williams to SF General, where he remained handcuffed for hours while officers allegedly laughed at him outside the room.

All charges were eventually dropped, and Williams reached a settlement with the city in May. A spokesperson for the city attorney's office confirmed that Williams was paid $20,000.  

Video of Williams’ arrest — and the resulting protests —were widely shared online in 2013.  




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