Portland to pay $15K to man wrongly arrested at protest

Civic Affairs

Daniel Martinez of Forest Grove mistaken for vandal in 2016

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An anti-Trump protest in Portland in 2016 (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland plans to pay $15,000 to a man who says he was wrongfully tackled and arrested by police in riot gear at an anti-Donald Trump protest in 2016.

Daniel Martinez, of Forest Grove, said police mistook him for a suspect in a car vandalism that had occurred days earlier.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the city’s attorneys acknowledged police briefly detained Martinez before realizing they had the wrong man.

The settlement is on the City Council’s agenda for a vote Wednesday.

Martinez initially asked for more than $75,000 in damages. He said missed three days of work and suffered nerve pain in each wrist.

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