New York City Settles 2007 Hospital Death Lawsuit

July 16, 2012

New York City has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a mentally disturbed man who died in a hospital holding cell after a struggle with guards.

A video captured officers subduing Patrick Miller in 2007 after he punched one of them. Family lawyers contended he was beaten by officers outside the video’s range.

Family lawyer Jonathan Abady told The New York Times the settlement showed “something horribly wrong happened.”

Jonathan Chasan, a lawyer for Legal Aid, said video cameras were installed in Bellevue Hospital Center’s two prison wards after Miller’s death.

City lawyer Curt Beck said the settlement was in the best interest of all parties. The city admitted no fault in the settlement.

No charges were brought in the death.

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