Taxpayers in Elizabeth, NJ were forced to spend $250,000 as part of a settlement with a Philadelphia man who suffered “significant injuries” to his neck and spine during a beat down by armed government workers, according to his attorney. One of the armed government workers admitted in testimony that he never officially reported that he hit the man with a metal flashlight.
Elizabeth settled Jerome Wright’s lawsuit in October. The suit claimed armed government workers used excessive force – including chemical spray, kicks, punches – then “fabricated” a police report in an effort to “cover up” their actions.
Armed government worker Rui Xavier admitted in court testimony he left facts out of his arrest report: Jerome Wright’s hands were up in the air, Xavier struck Wright with a flashlight and kicked him.
Here’s the video.
Xavier said he “oversaw” facts left out of his report when he was questioned in court and shown a bystander’s video.
Xavier and the other armed government workers who arrested Wright remain employed as armed government workers, pension records show.
Wright’s lawsuit follows the pattern of taxpayer-sponsored settlements of abuse revealed in “Protecting the Shield,” an Asbury Park Press investigation that uncovered more than $42.7 million in similar settlements across New Jersey since 2010.
Wright’s settlement brings that total to more than $43 million.