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City of Springfield Reaches $575K Settlement with Melvin Jones III

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The City of Springfield has reached a settlement with a man who was beaten during a traffic stop nearly three years ago.

On November 27, 2009, Melvin Jones III was pulled over on Rifle Street. While trying to cuff Jones during the traffic stop, Officer Jeffrey Asher began to beat Asher with a flashlight.

Asher later retired from the police department and was convicted on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon related to the case. He is currently serving 18 months in jail.

After the assault, which was caught on amateur video, Jones filed a lawsuit against the city and the Springfield Police Department claiming excessive force and civil rights violations.

Attorney John Liebel, who represented the city in the case, tells ABC40 that the settlement announced Wednesday followed a two-day mediation in early August in federal court.

Jones will receive the settlement in two parts: $275,000 over a 30 year period as part of a structured settlement, and $300,000 in attorney and legal fees.

Jones, meanwhile, remains in jail on domestic assault charges, after an arrest back in July.


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