Ross man's lawsuit claiming abuse after calling Pittsburgh officers 'not real police' settled for $100,000

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The city of Pittsburgh has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a man's lawsuit against the city police bureau stemming from a 2006 traffic stop, the man's attorney said today.

Jeff Collins, 38, of Ross, alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that he was riding a motorcycle in Oakland when plainclothes police in an unmarked car pulled him over.

According to his lawsuit, Mr. Collins made "critical remarks" and said they "were not real police."

He alleged that the police then knocked him down and hit and kicked him.

"When non-uniformed officers have made traffic stops, those stops have often gone bad," said Margaret Schuetz Coleman, representing Mr. Collins.

Officers charged him with resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding, but those charges were dismissed, according to the complaint.

Attorney Bryan Campbell, representing the officers, agreed with Ms. Schuetz Coleman to dismiss the case.

Mr. Campbell could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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