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Palo Alto settles suit after allegations of excessive force

Palo Alto will pay $250,000 to settle its lawsuit with a Los Altos Hills resident who claimed he was unfairly arrested, subjected to excessive force and deprived of medical care by police officers after he suffered an epileptic seizure during a traffic stop in August 2013.

The City Council agreed during a closed session on Tuesday night to settle the suit from Tyler Harney for $250,000, according to City Attorney Molly Stump.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in July 2014 and amended in February 2015, stems from an incident that occurred after a traffic stop on Aug. 3, 2013. According to the suit, Harney was a passenger in a car that was pulled over around noon on that day. The suit claims at least two officers pushed Harney against a squad car, apparently in route to handcuffing and arresting him…

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