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Dec 10, 10:22 AM EST

Pittsburgh could pay $52K in black teacher arrest


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh's city council is proposing a $52,500 settlement for a black teacher wrongfully arrested by a white police officer.

The settlement, introduced Tuesday, would end 39-year-old Dennis Henderson's lawsuit against officer Jonathan Gromek.

Gromek arrested Henderson in June 2013 after the teacher commented on his speeding outside a community meeting on police relations with the city's black community.

Henderson spent 12 hours in jail before prosecutors withdrew his disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the proposed settlement calls for the city to adopt a policy acknowledging the public's right to record officers and consider requiring that officers record data on pedestrian stops.

The city says Gromek's been assigned to a different police district. Pittsburgh's Citizen Police Review Board recommended his firing in March.

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