Two Oregon men who say police used excessive force to get $150K

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Two men will receive $150,000 combined to dismiss use of force claims against Springfield police officers.

Jubal Chaplin and Caleb Beechem sued the city and some officers in January 2020, alleging Springfield police in separate incidents unlawfully arrested and detained them and used excessive force, The Register-Guard reported.

Both men have recently signed settlement agreements. Chaplin will receive $50,000 to cover damages, attorney fees and other costs. Chaplin was a passenger in a truck that was pulled over in February 2018. Dashcam video shows officers throwing him to the ground after he reached into his pocket.

In a separate incident, Beechem claimed he was beaten and had a Taser used on him in July 2019 after a neighbor called police about his behavior.

Beechem will receive $100,000, according to signed agreements The Register-Guard received through a public records request. City spokeswoman Amber Fossen says the settlements are “a compromise of the disputed claims,” not a judgment.

“Everybody’s happy with the settlement,” said Brian Michaels, who represented both men.

The city does not admit liability or wrongdoing on the part of the city or any police department employees as part of the settlement agreements.