Deal af­ter black man stopped by po­lice

Star Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

Alexan­dria, Va., will pay $100,000 to a black man stopped by a white po­lice of­fi­cer who hand­cuffed him and falsely ac­cused him of car­ry­ing drugs. The set­tle­ment ends an un­usual case in which the of­fi­cer in­volved was fired for racial bias un­der one po­lice chief — the ag­grieved man’s brother — then re­hired un­der a new one. “I’m hop­ing for black, white what­ever, [to] up­hold the law,” said the man who was stopped, Harold Cook, 60. “We do have rights.” Un­der the set­tle­ment, of­fi­cer Bran­don Smith and the city ad­mit no wrong­do­ing, and Cook agreed to drop a fed­eral law­suit against them.

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