Yonkers PD, body slammed woman reach settlement in 2007 case

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A Yonkers police officer allegedly body slammed a woman in 2007 and now, a decade after the incident, the city and the victim have agreed to settle a related lawsuit.

Video of the encounter made national headlines. It showed officer Wayne Simoes slam Irma Marquez to the ground -- knocking her out outside what was then the La Fonda Restaurant at 57 Palisades Ave. Marquez has maintained that she was trying to break up a fight involving her niece, but police were already there when she stepped in.

Simoes faced federal charges of violating her civil rights. Marquez faced local charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with police. Both of them were acquitted.

In May 2008, Marquez filed an $11.3 million lawsuit against Simoes and the Yonkers Police Department. Sources say the settlement was for $1 million, but officials would not comment on the record until City Council has a chance to evaluate the settlement. That will likely happen in August, according to Michael Curti, a lawyer for the city.

News 12 reached out to Marquez, but she was not home at the time. Attorneys for Simoes, who has since been promoted to sergeant, and Marquez both declined to comment.

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