John Collado was on his way to buy groceries one September afternoon in 2011 when he spotted a neighbor and a stranger fighting on his block and pulled them apart.
“Stop! Stop! Stop!” Mr. Collado shouted as he stood between them on Post Avenue in Upper Manhattan, a hand extended toward each man’s chest, according to court documents. But the stranger — who turned out to be an undercover narcotics detective — pulled out a gun. Without a word, he fatally shot Mr. Collado in the stomach.
The detective, James Connolly, later testified that he fired in self-defense after Mr. Collado placed him in a chokehold. But a civil jury determined last year that his claim was false, and on Thursday New York City agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit claiming the detective used excessive force that was brought by the unarmed man’s widow, Amarilis Collado.
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