Reginald Johnson has settled his civil lawsuit charging excessive force against the city of Seaford, DE and a city police officer for $270,000.
The incident that was the focus of Johnson’s suit was captured on video and showed two Seaford officers – who apparently believed that Johnson was someone else – pulling over Johnson’s car, demanding he get out, and shooting him with a Taser while roughly handcuffing him.
On video too, moments after the incident in which Johnson protests that he has done nothing wrong, two officers can be heard laughing and one joking about planting drugs in Johnson’s car.
In a statement released through his attorneys on Wednesday, Johnson said, “I hope this settlement sends the message that what they did to me is not OK, and constitutional violations like this will not be tolerated in the future, period.”
Johnson’s attorney, Stephen Norman, described the cash settlement as a significant victory, and that this resolution meant a quick and final settlement to the case. He hopes that exposing the bad behavior of the Seaford police in this incident will put pressure on the city to change the way they operate. “By putting that much money on the table, they recognize their officers were out of line there,” Norman said.
See video footage here.