BLOOMFIELD — The township has reportedly agreed to pay out a $243,250 settlement to a man who claimed police officers nearly ripped his ear off during an arrest.
Bloomfield settled a lawsuit with Rodolfo Crespo over the alleged 2013 attack.
According to the court records, Crespo was arrested on drug-related charges on March 5, 2013, In the suit, he claimed two officers assaulted him at police headquarters after the arrest. The officers, he said, grabbed him by the throat, threw him to the floor, and took turns punching him. After a “brutal punch,” Crespo claimed in the lawsuit his right ear was “practically ripped from his head.”
Crespo was also charged with assaulting an officer.
The settlement was initially reported by NJ Civil Settlements, which provides a partial list of settlements paid by New Jersey government agencies and their insurers to those who have sued them.
One of the officers allegedly involved in the attack, was also convicted of assaulting another man during a 2012 arrest, and falsifying police reports about that incident. He was sentenced to five years in prison in relation to that case.
A spokesman for Bloomfield did not respond to a request for comment on the settlement Wednesday.