A federal lawsuit filed by a Plum man against a McKeesport police officer over a traffic stop in which the man was injured was settled Nov. 25. Terms of the settlement are confidential.
According to the lawsuit filed Feb. 6, the Rev. Daniel Hamilton, 46, was stopped by Officer Thomas Greene on Feb. 15, 2007, in McKeesport. When the Rev. Hamilton asked why he was stopped and for the name of Officer Greene's supervisor, the officer yelled at him to get out of his car. According to the suit, the Rev. Hamilton eventually exited his vehicle, at which point Officer Greene grabbed him and threw him up against the side of the car, causing injuries -- including a broken rib -- then threatened to arrest him.
According to court records, the Rev. Hamilton was charged with following too closely, driving at an unsafe speed and careless driving that day. He was found not guilty of those charges.
The Rev. Hamilton alleged that he experienced "emotional distress, embarrassment, and humiliation" in addition to physical injuries. He asked for $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees.
-- Moriah Balingit