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City of Green Bay pays $20,000 in police brutality settlement

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The city of Green Bay paid $20,000 to settle allegations of police brutality.

34-year-old Anthony Basler said four officers used batons, shackles, and bodily force in September of 2010 – and it caused numerous injuries to his head and body.

Police were called while his estranged wife was moving some of her belongings out. Officials said Basler got agitated, and the officers thought he was reaching for a weapon when they used force.

He was treated at a hospital for his injuries.

Basler was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and using pepper spray on police officers. The charges were later dropped, and Basler filed a damage claim for $50,000.

The city settled for $20,000, and one of the officers involved was disciplined.

Officials said there was a chance the city would lose in court, so it reached a settlement to avoid the litigation.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette said it learned about the settlement while checking damage claims filed against the city since last summer. The paper said most claims were either denied, or the plaintiffs got as low as $50 for property damage and other minor concerns.