Lawsuit settlement vote tabled over council questions

The council's Claim's Committee will revisit the settlement in two weeks
Schenectady City Hall
Schenectady City Hall

SCHENECTADY — The vote on the settlement of an excessive force lawsuit has been postponed for two weeks.

Independent City Councilman Vince Riggi said the vote, originally scheduled for Tuesday night, has been “tabled” as council members still have questions about the settlement.

Christian Baez filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albany following his 2014 arrest. He claims city police used excessive force when arresting him, hitting him with a baton-like instrument before and after he was handcuffed “without warning or provocation.”

Baes named the city in the lawsuit, as well as then-police officers Joseph Lima and Jonathan Moore, as well as two John Doe’s, who the lawsuit says work for the city.

The council’s Claims Committee was expected to vote the settlement during tonight’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

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