Metro to pay $200K in alleged excessive force case involving woman

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A woman who was allegedly assaulted by a Metro police officer will receive a $200,000 settlement.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee agreed to the settlement Monday morning.

Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz was pulled over on suspicion of prostitution in January 2015. She claimed Officer Richard Scavone threw her to the ground and slammed her into the patrol car knocking out some of her teeth. Ortiz was charged with littering and loitering, but those charges were dropped.

Scavone was wearing a body camera. Metro Police did fire him.

Scavone was facing a local battery charge but that was dropped when he was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2016 for excessive use of force and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying on a police report.

While Sheriff Joe Lombardo would not take questions about the case, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak did talk with the I-Team.

He said attorneys advised if the civil case moved forward in federal court, Metro may have had to pay out more money.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of money, $200,000 is significant,” Sisolak said. “Yet at the same time, ou have to weight what you’re paying now versus what you could have paid.”

Scavone’s next court date is October 25.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office told 8 News NOW it would not prevent Metro from  releasing the body camera footage which shows the alleged assault. Metro has refused to release the footage citing the pending case.

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