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Allentown Pays $160K to Settle Suit Over Arresting Officer's 'Pro Wrestling'-Style Kick

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    Allentown Pays $160K to Settle Suit Over Arresting Officer's 'Pro Wrestling'-Style Kick
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    A Pennsylvania city has paid $160,000 to settle a lawsuit by a convicted robber who contends an officer's "pro wrestling"-style kick to his head fractured his jaw.

    The (Allentown) Morning Call reported the settlement Monday in an online story which contains the two-minute dashcam video of the Allentown police arrest of Hector Medina-Pena.

    The 34-year-old is serving 4 to 10 years in prison for robbing the strip club that led to his arrest in May 2015.

    The city determined Officer Joseph Iannetta's actions -- including the kick -- were "appropriate under the circumstances," namely an arrest in which Medina-Pena seemed confused and didn't immediately lay face-down like three other occupants in the vehicle. The suspect was on all fours when he was kicked to the ground, breaking his jaw and costing him three teeth.