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Cicero: Town, police department face down lawsuit

The town of Cicero and its police department, as well as one named police officer, faced a lawsuit by a resident alleging police brutality. The town board will discuss signing off on a confidential settlement at Wednesday's board meeting.

The town of Cicero and its police department, as well as one named police officer, faced a lawsuit by a resident alleging police brutality. The town board will discuss signing off on a confidential settlement at Wednesday's board meeting.

— The suit gave no indication of what provoked the alleged attack.

Both Chief Joseph Snell and Cicero Supervisor James Corl said that part of the settlement involved signing a confidentiality agreement, so they could not comment on the specifics of the suit.

“The total resolution is something reached by the attorneys, and that’s all confidential,” Corl said. “We’re not able to discuss anything about the settlement. The town does have liability insurance, so the settlement is paid for. We do have insurance to cover this type of claim. The only cost was a deductible, which is something we have to resolve with our insurance company.”

Stephen L. Lockwood, Merola’s attorney, did not return calls requesting comment, nor Cicero town attorney Anthony Rivizzigno.

James Snell is still listed as a patrol officer on the Cicero police force on the department website. Because no one from the town or the police department could comment on the matter, it is unclear whether he faced any disciplinary action.

According to the agenda for the Feb. 8 town board meeting, the board is set to discuss an “approval for the supervisor to execute a confidential settlement agreement regarding Merola v. town of Cicero.” The matter is the last item on Wednesday’s agenda.

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