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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh City Council has reportedly approved a settlement with a man who was roughed up by a city police sergeant outside of Heinz Field in 2015.
Gabriel Despres will receive $77,000.
Despres, 19 years of age at the time of the incident, was pushed down and beaten up by then-Pittsburgh police sergeant Stephen Matakovich.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, City Council unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday morning.
“The settlement, from a monetary perspective, is good. What’s better in this case was that Stephen Matakovich was held accountable, that the city of Pittsburgh was held accountable,” attorney Alec Wright said last month.
Matakovich was later convicted of violating his civil rights and was sentenced to two years in prison.
The incident was captured on surveillance video.
Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.