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City agrees to nearly $100K settlement in traffic stop case

Hilary Farrell

The city of Grand Rapids will pay nearly $100,000 to a man who said he was roughed up by officers during a 2011 traffic stop.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Jolly Jackson was pulled over for driving without headlights on at night.

A lawsuit settled this week by the City Commission says he was ordered to get out of his vehicle, searched, handcuffed and struck by an officer's knee.

Anthony Greene, an attorney for Jackson, says they wanted to avoid trial.

The city and mayor aren't commenting on the $99,999 settlement.

The city said that Jackson resisted the officers by refusing to follow orders from the officers and for resisting their attempt to handcuff him.

Charges of assault, battery and resisting a police officer against Jackson, however, were earlier dismissed.

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