- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knoxville officials have agreed to pay $200,000 to a homeless man beaten by police officers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/KMqp15) reports city officials reached the out-of-court settlement this month with Michael Allen Mallicoat.

Mallicoat had not filed a lawsuit against the city, and the settlement avoids one. As part of the agreement, Mallicoat relinquished any claim against the city or the police department, and the city admits no wrongdoing.

“That’s a global settlement,” Ron Mills, deputy law director, said Wednesday. “It was finalized today.”

In addition, Mallicoat’s attorney, Cullen Wojcik, said his client received a personal apology from Law Director Charles Swanson.

“Mr. Mallicoat is happy to have this behind him,” Wojcik said. “He’s doing his best to move on with his life. He hopes the city takes this as an opportunity to improve the hiring, training and disciplining of its officers.”

Three former Knoxville police officers pleaded guilty last year to beating Mallicoat, who suffered broken ribs and was hospitalized.

The officers resigned after being removed from patrol duties and were sentenced in August to a year of supervised probation.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com



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