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Abuse lawsuit with Sheriff’s office settled

A man who accused an Arizona sheriff’s deputy of abuse and racial discrimination over a 2009 traffic stop has won a $600,000 settlement.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved the settlement for Armando Nido on Wednesday with no discussion.

In February 2009, Nido was arrested after Maricopa County sheriff’s Deputy James Carey tried to pull him over in Tempe for a broken taillight.

Court records show Carey hit Nido with his car and pinned him underneath it after Nido failed to initially pull over, instead driving to his own home.

Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre says Carey went too far and that resolving Nido’s claim now was a good business decision for the county.

Nido claimed he initially did not want to pull over because he feared he would be treated differently because he is Hispanic.

His lawsuit accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of failing to properly train deputies how to interact with minority suspects.

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