The city of Pittsburgh and an officer’s insurance company will pay $44,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming a man was pistol-whipped and shot him in the hand because the off-duty officer mistakenly believed the man had attacked him.
Twenty-three-year-old Kaleb Miller filed the federal excessive force lawsuit last year stemming from an incident in June 2008.
Officer Paul Abel Jr. was fired but reinstated after a judge acquitted him of aggravated assault and other crimes last year.
Miller’s suit says Abel attacked him about 2:10 a.m. Abel has testified that he was assaulted at a stoplight after leaving a bar and went looking for the assailant, who he initially believed to be Miller.
Miller was briefly arrested, but released once police realized he wasn’t the man who attacked Abel.
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