Crime

Macon man accepts $7,500 to settle police brutality claim

Clayton Sutton
Clayton Sutton Georgia Public Broadcasting

A Macon man who filed a lawsuit alleging police brutality in 2013 has agreed to settle his claims against the former city of Macon and three police officers for $7,500.

The settlement documents were obtained by The Telegraph through an Open Records Act request.

Jimmy Brewster claimed former officer Clayton Sutton knocked him unconscious using a flashlight during a July 22, 2010, confrontation.

He also alleged Sutton threatened to shoot him.

Brewster refused medical treatment at a police station but collapsed in his jail cell two months later. He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He allegedly has a permanent brain injury.

In the lawsuit, Brewster sought damages for mental anguish, past and future medical bills and punitive damages for civil rights violations.

A settlement order was signed in federal court Dec. 22, 2014.

On Feb. 25, Brewster signed the settlement, releasing Macon, the officers, Macon’s mayor and city council, former police Chief Mike Burns and former Sheriff Jerry Modena from claims associated with the lawsuit. In addition to Sutton, then-Macon police officers Lisa Sapp and Charles Gibby were named in the lawsuit.

The documents were sent to the county attorney’s office April 3, making them subject to the Open Records Act.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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