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Indiana man gets $47K in excessive force lawsuit

December 4, 2018

A man who alleged that a Gary police officer attacked him during a traffic stop because he was having an affair with the officer's wife has reached a settlement with the city.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that Gary city officials recently agreed to pay Shawn Wade $47,500 to settle his federal lawsuit. Wade claims that officer Gerald Richardson violated his rights and used excessive force during the August 2016 traffic stop.

Wade alleges that he was riding in a vehicle with Richardson’s wife when the officer pursued them in his squad car without notifying dispatch. The complaint says Richardson handcuffed Wade at gunpoint after pulling the vehicle over.

The city and Richardson didn't admit liability in the agreement.

Richardson was placed on administrative leave and eventually fired after the incident.

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