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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Orlando pays $30K to man who says OPD officer kicked him in the face

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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The city of Orlando settled for $30,000 with a man who says he was kicked by an Orlando Police Department officer in the face, resulting in a broken jaw. 

The city agreed to pay Kentluku Nugent at the beginning of July to release all claims against Orlando Police Officer William Escobar and Officer Jonathan Mills, according to the settlement, which is attached below.  

"It is understood and agreed that this settlement is the compromise of a doubtful and disputed claim, and that the payment made is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the parties hereby released, and that said releases deny liability therefore and intend merely to avoid litigation and buy their peace," the settlement says. 

The Orlando Sentinel reports that during a domestic-violence complaint at a hotel in 2013, Escobar stopped Nugent because he matched the description of the suspect. During a pat down, Escobar tried to force Nugent to the ground because he felt he would hit him, and Nugent took off running.

In his report, Escobar said he tried to stop Nugent with a stun gun and chemical spray, but it did not work. Nugent was finally stopped when Mills shot him with his stun gun, but kept resisting, so both officers hit him with their batons and sprayed him again. 

Escobar wrote in his report that Nugent fell and hit his mouth when he was shocked by Mills' stun gun, but Nugent disputed this, saying Escobar kicked him in the face after he was on the ground. Nugent was later taken to the hospital after his arrest, according to the Sentinel. Escobar was fired earlier this year, and is currently facing battery and perjury charges after allegedly beating a handcuffed man in a 2014 arrest and lying about the incident. 

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