Pittsburgh to pay $9,500 to settle police excessive force lawsuit
By Brian Bowling
Staff Reporter, 412-325-4301

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Pittsburgh officials have agreed to pay $9,500 to settle a Beaver County man's claim that four police office officers beat him up during a May 26, 2012, incident on the South Side, according to court records.

William Everetts, 23, of Hanover claimed that he got into a fight with officer Andrew Miller and a bar employee when he tried to enter Local Bar + Kitchen while holding a beer.

Sgt. Stephen Matakovich and officers Stanley Comans and Mark Rush participated in the ensuing struggle, the lawsuit said.

Everetts subsequently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. His lawyer, Gianni Floro, filed a notice Monday that Everetts is accepting the city's offer to settle the case.

The city and the officers deny any liability in the agreement included with Floro's notice. Pittsburgh City Council must vote to accept or reject the settlement.



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