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Originally published Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:26 AM

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Port Angeles pays $125K to settle police claim

The city of Port Angeles has agreed to pay a man $125,000 to settle a claim from last year that police used excessive force in catching him after he fled on a bicycle.

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. —

The city of Port Angeles has agreed to pay a man $125,000 to settle a claim from last year that police used excessive force in catching him after he fled on a bicycle.

City attorney Bill Bloor told the Peninsula Daily News (http://is.gd/DlG3Qg) the settlement came after a mediation session between city staff and lawyers from 25-year-old Benjamin James Eastman.

Bloor says the city decided the settlement was their best option even though they deny the use of excessive force. But avoiding a lawsuit will save money and time in the future.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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