New Jersey Shore Town Settles Police Lawsuits

Sea Isle City has paid out more than $1 million in insurance money in recent months to settle two lawsuits involving alleged police misconduct.

Last month the municipality paid a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man $500,000 to settle an alleged police brutality lawsuit. Neither side acknowledged wrongdoing.

The Drexel Hill, Pa., man said police beat him, held him without charges, and then lied about the incident in court.

The Press of Atlantic City learned of the settlement through an Open Public Records request.

The settlement was the second half-million dollar settlement involving city police in recent months.

The city’s insurance fund in January also agreed to pay $550,000 to a former resident who was told her child was excluded from a school play “because he was black,” and was then arrested after confronting school officials.