Buffalo council agrees to $300K settlement for man after “brutal” beating in lock-up

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A Buffalo man who was assaulted in the city’s lock-up nearly three years ago is one step closer to settling a lawsuit he filed against the city. 

Shaun Porter filed a lawsuit over his injuries and civil rights being violated.

He was arrested after an altercation at an apartment on Wilson Street in May 2016 after a night of drinking. When he was taken to the city’s lock-up, he was beaten by the cell block attendant. The incident was all caught on video. The video lead to a federal case.

The cell block attendant was arrested on civil rights charges.The two arresting officers were suspended for failing to intervene in Porter’s beating.

While handcuffed, Porter suffered a broken nose, cuts, and bruises at the hands of Matthew Jaskula. 

Prosecutors described the beating as “brutal.”

The criminal charges against Shaun Porter later went away. Jaskula pled guilty to violating porter’s civil rights and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Porter, eventually, filed a lawsuit against Jaskula and the city. 

The Buffalo Common Council approved a $300,000 settlement to end Porter’s lawsuit on Tuesday, Feburary 19. 

Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto told News 4 that the settlement was negotiated by the city’s law department and vetted by city lawmakers before the vote.

“The Law Department recommended to the city council that we approve their settlement in the amount of $300,000. The councilmembers, we listened to the advice of corporation counsel, we reviewed the material, and we agreed and voted in favor of settling the matter,” Feroleto said. 

The case now goes back to court for the attorneys to sign off on it, according to Feroleto.  

There has been no date for those final signings..

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