Settlement Reached in Cedar Key Lawsuit
A Cedar Key resident says he's glad it's all over... and that's because after two years, his lawsuit against the city is over..
And he says he's not the only one to come out a winner.
In April 2008, Beckham, who's a commercial fisherman, was making a fish delivery on Dock Street in Cedar Key when he got into trouble with police for double parking. A verbal argument turned physical, and Beckham says he was beaten and tased by Cedar Key police officer.
He sued the city for excessive use of force, and a settlement was reached. Monday, his attorney, Robert Rush, filed the notice of dismissal for the lawsuit.
Cedar key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, who wasn't chief at the time of this incident, says new policies have been implemented regarding tasers and his officers are now required to take 80 hours of training a year... even though the FDLE only requires eight.
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