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Lockport settles police brutality suit

LOCKPORT – Patrick Dietz, a Cheektowaga man who sued the City of Lockport after allegedly being beaten up by city police, will receive a cash settlement after an agreement filed in U.S. District Court last week.

Dietz’ attorney, Matthew Parham, declined to comment Monday on the settlement, and city officials said they could not disclose information about it. A confidentiality agreement was part of the deal.

Dietz sought more than $1 million when he filed suit in 2012, charging that Officers Anthony D. Pittman, Laura Haseley and unnamed others beat him up about 5 a.m. Dec. 26, 2010, after handcuffing him to charge him with disorderly conduct because he was having a loud argument with his brother on a sidewalk on High Street.

“We deny that it happened,” Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said Monday. He said an internal investigation showed no misconduct by officers.

The court papers say Dietz suffered a skull fracture, a lacerated spleen, a broken rib and internal bleeding, and was hospitalized for more than two weeks.