DOVER – A Pennsylvania man who claimed he was brutalized by police officers in Delaware’s capital city has settled a federal lawsuit for $125,000.
Officials released details of the settlement with Stephen DiFlorio of West Chester on Friday in response to a public records request by the Associated Press.
DiFlorio claimed that Dover police targeted him after he got in a fight outside of the now-closed W.T. Smithers Restaurant and Tavern in the downtown area in 2013. He alleged that as he was walking away from the fight, police without warning hit him with a stun gun in the back.
The lawsuit claims police then showed up at DiFlorio’s house the next day, punched and kicked him as they took him into custody, then filed false paperwork to justify their actions.
In settling the lawsuit, officials denied that the officers used excessive force.