Metro to pay $200K in alleged excessive force case involving woman

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 07/25 2016 11:13AM

Updated 07/25 2016 01:04PM

A woman who was allegedly assaulted by a Metro police officer will receive a $200,000 settlement.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Fiscal Affairs Committee agreed to the settlement Monday morning.

Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz was pulled over on suspicion of prostitution in January 2015. She claimed Officer Richard Scavone threw her to the ground and slammed her into the patrol car knocking out some of her teeth. Ortiz was charged with littering and loitering, but those charges were dropped.

Scavone was wearing a body camera. Metro Police did fire him.

Scavone was facing a local battery charge but that was dropped when he was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2016 for excessive use of force and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying on a police report.

He is still awaiting trial on the federal charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office told 8 News NOW it would not prevent Metro from  releasing the body camera footage which shows the alleged assault. Metro has refused to release the footage citing the pending case.

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