Anyone that reads any police abuse pages has heard about the list of lawsuits filed against Allentown, Pennsylvania. In the past month, we have finally started to see some movement on these cases. I was quite saddened to see the result of one of the most well-known cases. James Ochse, “The Allentown Singing Man,” was brutally assaulted by Officer Randy Busch. Sadly, that case just recently ended with Ochse accepting a plea deal. The City of Allentown will not be so lucky with the rest of the pile of lawsuits.
Allentown paid $100,000 to settle a city woman’s lawsuit over a police officer’s use of a stun gun against her 14-year-old daughter as the girl left Dieruff High School in 2011, according to a document obtained by The Morning Call.
The settlement of Victoria Geist’s federal civil rights lawsuit against the city came in December as her allegations of excessive force by officer Jason Ammary and of improper training and deficient policies moved toward a trial scheduled for this month.
The city provided a copy of the settlement Tuesday in response to a right-to-know request by the newspaper. It resolves Geist’s claims on behalf of her daughter Keshana Wilson and provides compensation for Wilson’s pain and suffering, but is not an admission of wrongdoing or liability by the city.
Wilson, a freshman at Dieruff, was walking in the street near the high school Sept. 29, 2011, when Ammary, a school resource officer, ordered students to disperse and get out of the road.
I would like to point out that not a single officer on the Allentown Police Department has been fired related to these lawsuits. That includes the officer in this story. The only ones that pay are the taxpayers.