Deal after black man stopped by police
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.