Sacramento County has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle an excessive-force complaint that alleges a suspect was needlessly beaten by a deputy wielding a flashlight. This is the third such settlement in six years.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by John Reyes, who alleged that a deputy beat him with a flashlight, doused him in pepper spray and shot him with a stun gun during a December 2015 confrontation outside a Starbucks.
The lawsuit has been dismissed with neither party admitting wrongdoing.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said he was not aware of the settlement and had no comment.
The settlement is the third in since 2010 involving the same deputy and alleged flashlight beatings.