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Indianapolis to settle 2010 police beating lawsuit for $150,000

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Indianapolis has agreed to pay $150,000 to the mother of a biracial teenager who was beaten by police in 2010, sparking racial tensions and a federal lawsuit.

City officials settled with Brandon Johnson's mother, Shantay Chandler, during a meeting on May 3.

Johnson was 15 in May 2010 when police say he tried to incite a crowd as officers tried to arrest one of his brothers.

Read the original arrest report here.

Johnson suffered a swollen, bruised face and black eye during the altercation with officers. Police said Johnson tried to incite a crowd and resisted arrest even after he was handcuffed.

Johnson's attorney, Stephen Baker, issued a statement saying the settlement is a "fair outcome for all parties."

Officer Jerry Piland was accused of using excessive force in the beating arrest of then 15-year-old Johnson in May 2010. The Civilian Merit Board voted 6-1 to allow Piland to remain on the force, against then-IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski's wish to terminate him. The panel cleared the officer of wrongdoing.

Federal law requires prosecutors to establish that an official willfully deprived an individual of a constitutional right.

Justice Department officials said they had reviewed investigative reports, witness statements, hearing transcripts and medical records and found insufficient evidence to support a federal criminal civil rights violation.

Brandon Johnson is finishing his junior year in high school. "The last three years have been really tough on me and my family. I am glad this is over. I just want to move on with my life, finish high school and go to college. I do want to thank the police officers who have approached me in the last three years and told me they support me. That meant a lot, especially because I didn't really trust the police after this happened," he said in a statement.

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