Note: The attached video is from the traffic stop in 2016.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A man has won a $60,000 settlement as the result of a lawsuit against the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington for what the American Civil Liberties Union called a brutal attack during a 2016 traffic stop.READ MORE: Kaprizov Scores Twice, Wild Roll To 5-2 Win Against Devils
The ACLU of Minnesota sued the city of Worthington, their police force and a drug task force in connection to Anthony Promvongsa’s treatment during a 2016 traffic stop. In a released video of the stop, a Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force agent is seen opening an SUV door, then kneeing and punching the driver. Authorities said that video only captured a small part of what led to charges against the driver.
Alongside the $60,000 payment, the City of Worthington agreed to a number of policy changes dealing with use of force, including requiring officers to document in their own reports when they witness other officers using force.READ MORE: Shawn Clement, 36, Charged In Connection With 100+ Catalytic Converter Thefts
Promvognsa was driving with a revoked license during the incident.
Two off-duty police officers reported that Promvongsa tailgated their vehicle, pulled up alongside them and threatened to attack them.MORE NEWS: How Did Minnesota Get So Many Lakes?
Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Officer Joe Joswiak later located Promvongsa’s SUV and says he didn’t pull over right away.