- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City lawyers have reached a $150,000 settlement with a man who says a Rikers Island jail guard punched him repeatedly during a 2011 visit.

Barry Crawford tells the Daily News (https://nydn.us/1MFZTkY ) the incident occurred while he was visiting his cousin on Veterans Day.

The paper reports video surveillance shows an agitated Crawford arguing with a clerk.

Off screen, the 54-year-old says he was punched in the face by a correction officer. He says he then was handcuffed and beaten further in another room.

In official documents, the jail guard said he struck an aggressive Crawford only in self-defense.

Prosecutors declined to pursue assault and other charges against him. A spokesman for city lawyers said the settlement was in the city’s best interest.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com


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