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NYC to pay $2.75M for 2012 death of Rikers Island inmate

New York City says it has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the December 2012 death of a Rikers Island inmate.

The Law Department's chief of special federal litigation said Monday that Ronald Spear's case was tragic. Muriel Goode-Trufant says it's hoped that the resolution "brings some small measure of closure for the family."

Attorneys for the 52-year-old inmate alleged Spear was kicked in the face and head by multiple correction officers. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide but Bronx prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence for criminal charges.

Spear alleged he had trouble receiving treatment for kidney disease. He claimed jail guards retaliated against him for contacting lawyers about his medical care.

The New York Times first reported the settlement.

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