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Gay Man Wins $572,500 Settlement From CA Police Assault



PALO ALTO (LGBTQNation) — A gay man who sued the Palo Alto Police Department in California just settled for $572,000.

Gustavo Alvarez said that police officers used excessive force when he was arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license in February 2018. His lawyers released video of the beating earlier this year.

The settlement with the city also requires all police officers in the department to undergo LGBTQ sensitivity training and former Sgt. Wayne Benitez – one of the officers involved in Alvarez’s arrest – will have to write an apology that will be made public.

“This case isn’t going to change the culture within the department overnight,” Alvarez’s attorney Cody Salfen told Mercury News . “But this settlement […]

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