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City Seeks To Settle Police Beating Caught On Tape

Store clerk's beating posted to



    Alleged Beating Taped on Store Security Video

    Two Chicago brothers say a group of police officers beat them up Wednesday after apparently mistaking them for robbers. (Published Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011)

    City officials are attempting to settle the case of a store clerk beaten on tape by Chicago Police officers in 2011.

    A city finance committee recommended a $156,000 settlement in the civil case brought by two brothers alleging pain and suffering. The recommendation will be voted on by the full City Council on Wednesday.

    Michael Ayala, who was 23 at the time, was closing up 7911 Food and Liquor Store in the 4800 block of South Archer when he was beaten by officers. The surveillance video was later posted on

    Ayala said he was punched in the ribs and kicked by the officers to the point of blacking out.

    Ayala says he was closing the store early while his 18-year-old brother waited outside on his bike. He noticed officers handcuffing his younger brother on the hood of a car, and when he went outside to clear up the matter, police let the teen go. But after Ayala yelled that he had videotape of the incident, he says a ssergeant "flipped" and put his head into a side window.

    The video shows several officers rushing the brothers back into the store.

    The incident was initially investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, but the Ayala's didn't cooperate with the investigation.

    The brothers were initially seeking a $300,000 settlement.