- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) - A man who said he was severely beaten while in jail has agreed to a $300,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a western Michigan county.

A deal was reached this week with the help of a mediator.

Aaron Henderson claimed an Allegan County deputy kneed him in the head, causing him to slam into a wall and break several facial bones. He said he didn’t get medical care for hours.

The sheriff said a deputy used a restraint that wasn’t taught by the sheriff’s department. Henderson of Orlando, Florida, was living in Michigan in 2014 when he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Attorney James Dyer says the county has insurance for the settlement. He says the county had defenses to Henderson’s allegations but any jury trial carries risks.


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