City to pay $135,000 in police brutality suit 

It looks like there may have been something to a police brutality lawsuit stemming from a Feb. 23, 2007, incident in which a man claims an SFPD officer slammed him against a wall and broke his arm for no good reason.

Thomas Barnes was talking to a stranger in the Tenderloin on that day when four officers approached and started questioning the guy whom Barnes claims he didn’t know.

When Barnes walked away from the situation, Officer Joshua T. Phillips “grabbed Mr. Barnes, slammed him against a wall, and performed some type of maneuver on Mr. Barnes’ hand or wrist that resulted in breaking Mr. Barnes’ arm,” according to a complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

Now, The City has to pay up $135,000 in a settlement to Barnes. The Board of Supervisors will vote to approve it in the upcoming weeks.

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