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A $3 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the family of Anthony Baez, a resident of Florida who was brutally killed by a New York police officer outside his family's home. The suit claimed that a police officer was liable for brutally killing a 29-year-old man.

The dead man's family said that the settlement was the beginning and not the end of their struggle. They said they would use their legal victory to aid other victims of police brutality.

Baez, a resident of Florida was visiting his family in Bronx, and was caught by a police officer, for the "crime" of hitting a police car with a football during a late-night family football game right outside his home.

Francis X. Livoti, an officer with a record of at least nine previous complaints of brutality against him, killed Baez by restraining him in a chokehold.

New York City authorities settled a group of lawsuits brought by the family of Baez for $3 million, which according to them was a reasonable price to pay to avoid an embarrassing civil trial in which the top police officials would have had to explain why they protected Livoti despite numerous charges of brutality.

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Published on Jan-8-05

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