Maplewood Police and Fire

Report: Maplewood Man Reaches Settlement with Irvington Police

A settlement has been reached in the case of a Columbia High School alumnus who sued the Irvington Police Department for assault after the 2016 Independence Day celebration in Maplewood.

Jason McDougall, who also successfully sued the Maplewood Police Department, was 17 when the suits were filed in 2017, according to a report in NJ.com.

The incident sparked widespread community outrage and comprehensive changes in the Maplewood Police department, including the removal and retirement of the former police chief and a police captain, as well as the formation of a Community Board on Police.

McDougall said he was attacked in a racially motivated assault on the night of July 5, 2016, when he was “marched out of town,” then “body slammed, pepper sprayed and kicked in the head by officers” when he resisted. Video of McDougall being kicked by officers was finally released after almost one year of Open Public Records Act — or OPRA — requests by Village Green and community activists such as Black Parents Workshop.

Walter Fields of Black Parents Workshop told Village Green the financial terms of the settlement cannot be disclosed.

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