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Ramsey County agrees to $525K settlement in jail beating

This still image from a video shows Ramsey County sheriff's correctional officer Travis VanDeWiele striking Terrell Johnson in April 2016. VanDeWiele has resigned in the wake of excessive force accusations. Submitted image

ST. PAUL — Ramsey County will pay $525,000 to a man who was beaten by a correctional officer while handcuffed and restrained in the Ramsey County Jail, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed to the settlement during a closed-door meeting held Tuesday, June 4, to discuss Terrell Wilson’s case, board Chair Jim McDonough announced.

Correctional officer Travis VanDeWiele punched Wilson in the chest and kneed him in the crotch April 13, 2016, while other officers held Wilson down in a transport chair.

Wilson, previously referred to as Terrell Johnson, complained of excessive force during the beating. VanDeWiele responded, “You ain’t seen excessive force yet,” then punched the restrained man four times in the abdomen or chest.

VanDeWiele also pressed Wilson’s head down into his legs while Wilson was bent forward at the waist in the chair. He resigned in February, a year after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for his treatment of the inmate.

Besides VanDeWiele, the sergeant on duty at the time of the beating left the sheriff’s office in March 2017, a month after VanDeWiele was charged.

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