New York Post
25G payout for B’klyn gals in wild cop clash
Two Brooklyn women who went wild on cops as they busted one of their boyfriends — a wanted ATM thief — have gotten a hefty payday for their bad attitudes, The Post has learned.
Debra Russo and her daughter, Sonni Sottile, scored a $25,000 settlement from the city thanks to a lawsuit they filed accusing cops of handling them too roughly as they flew into a rage during the 2013 arrest of Sottile’s beau, Nicholas Giampaolo.
Giampaolo, then 22, had been cowering in the women’s home in Mill Basin as cops were looking to arrest him for allegedly breaking into an ATM in Gravesend.
All hell broke loose after officers pulled him out of the house in handcuffs. Russo and Sottile hysterically objected to the bust and scuffled with police officers.
Both women were taken to the ground by officers, handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct.
Cops said at the time that the mother and daughter physically interfered with the arrest and were justifiably charged.
They also accused Sottile of swinging at them after they handcuffed Giampaolo.
Their cases were adjourned in contemplation of dismissal a few months later, and Russo and Sottile filed suit against the city and the officers.
Their case contended that the officers used force on them without cause and needlessly roughed them up. Their attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
The city ultimately decided to settle the case for $25,000.
“The settlement was in the best interest of the city,” said a spokesman for the city Law Department spokesman.