The Big Apple is doling out $25,000 to a mother and daughter duo who threw punches at officers as they apprehended the then 18-year-old’s boyfriend for grand larceny.
The original incident took place in late 2013, where then 22-year-old Nicholas Giampaolo was pulled out of the apartment (where he was hiding in the basement) shared by Sonni Sottile, 18, and her mom, Deborah Russo, 48, according to the New York Post. He was wanted for breaking into an ATM machine.
As police removed Giampaolo from the apartment, Sottile went “beserk” and attacked the officers, even throwing punches. As Sottile was being restrained, her mother, Deborah Russo then attacked the officer’s arresting her daughter. Both women had to be taken to the ground and were arrested for obstructing governmental justice, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
All three were arrested but Sottile and Russo’s cases were adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. A few months later, and Russo and Sottile filed suit against the city and the officers, claiming use of force without cause.
In a decision stunning to many, the city decided to settle the case for $25,000, with a simple statement from the city’s Law Department claiming, “the settlement was in the best interest of the city.”