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Boston to pay $1.4m to settle lawsuit against officer

Man says he had brain injuries after arrest

The City of Boston has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit by a Middlesex County corrections officer who contends a Boston police officer tackled him and placed him in a choke hold during a 2009 arrest in the North End, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to return to work.

The payment to Michael P. O’Brien, the fifth-largest settlement of a civil rights lawsuit against the city since 2000, comes nearly three years to the day after the March 16, 2009, scuffle that sparked O’Brien’s suit.

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