BREAKING: Boynton Beach to settle excessive force case for $600,000

Byron L. Harris arrested in Boynton Beach chase on charges that he drove into an officer.

Byron L. Harris arrested in Boynton Beach chase on charges that he drove into an officer.

The city of Boynton Beach has agreed to settle a federal civil lawsuit filed by a man who claims police officers used excessive force and violated his civil rights in arresting him in 2014 after a car chase.

Byron Harris filed the lawsuit in December. He, and his attorney, and the city met Wednesday in mediation and agreed on a $600,000 settlement, said Harris’ attorney Linnes Finney.

To read more about the Byron Harris case, click here.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

The settlement has to be approved by the City Commission before it is final.

Boynton Beach Police officers were captured on a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopter video taking Harris into custody and kicking and hitting him.

Police Chief Jeffrey Katz asked the FBI to investigate the case. In a February 2015 news conference, Katz said the main question regarding the case is if the officers’ actions were reasonable at the time. He said he has no reason to believe his officers broke police policy, and that the suspects were resisting arrest to an “extreme” level.

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