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County reaches settlement in excessive force suit

February 9, 2016
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A man who said he was severely beaten while in jail has agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit against a county.

A $300,000 deal was reached last month with the help of a mediator.

Aaron Henderson claimed an Allegan County deputy kneed him in the head, causing him to slam into a wall and break several facial bones. He said he didn't get medical care for hours.

The sheriff's department said a deputy used a restraint that wasn't taught by the department.

Henderson, of Orlando, Florida, was living in Michigan in 2014 when he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Attorney James Dyer said the county has insurance for the settlement.

He said the county had defenses to Henderson's allegations, but any jury trial carries risks.

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