County to pay $1M for suit by Down syndrome man

Jul 5, 2015 12:42 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a man with Down syndrome who said he was beaten and pepper-sprayed by a sheriff's deputy in 2012.

The San Diego Union-Tribune cites an email from Antonio Martinez's lawyers that says the payment was agreed to by the Board of Supervisors.

Attempts to reach county representatives Friday, a government holiday, were unsuccessful.

The lawsuit filed last year alleged that Deputy Jeffrey Guy beat Martinez with a metal baton, sprayed him with pepper spray, then handcuffed him and held him for five hours without letting his father see him.

Guy was investigating a domestic violence report at the time and said he considered Martinez to be acting suspiciously.

Martinez was cited for obstruction of justice, but the charge was dropped.

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