Austin agrees to $150,000 settlement in 2015 excessive force case

Adrian Aguado accused APD officer Eric Copeland of using ecxessive force and received a $150,000 settlement from the city Nov. 9, 2017 (APD Photo)
Adrian Aguado accused APD officer Eric Copeland of using ecxessive force and received a $150,000 settlement from the city Nov. 9, 2017 (APD Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — City council members on Thursday approved a six-figure settlement in a lawsuit involving claims of use of excessive force by an Austin police officer.

Adrian Aguado, 20, will receive $150,000 related to his April 2015 arrest, in which Austin Police Department Officer Eric Copeland tasered him twice and broke his nose. Then APD-Chief Art Acevedo suspended Copeland for 90 days.

This is the third time Austin has dealt with cases involving Copeland.

In 2012 a grand jury cleared him of criminal charges after the shooting death of Ahmede Bradley, 37, during a traffic stop that led to a chase and a struggle. Bradley’s family sued the city, Copeland and another officer. The case went to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which determined the case should not move forward. The case was dismissed late last year.

Carlos Chacon accused Copeland and another officer of using excessive force during his 2011 arrest, after he initially called police to report suspicious activity at a motel. He sued, and the judge awarded a $1 million settlement but the city appealed and both parties agreed to a $154,000 settlement. In the Chacon case, Copeland was found not liable, according to the city.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story indicated the Bradley family received $1 million settlement when in actuality it was the Chacon case where a judge awarded that amount.

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