HICKORY, N.C. – The city of Hickory, North Carolina has agreed to pay out a major settlement for an incident involving excessive use of force by a police officer.
In 2013, former police sergeant Robert George was seen on camera throwing handcuffed Chelsea Doolittle out of his patrol vehicle onto the ground. The incident was recorded by a surveillance camera outside the police headquarters in Hickory.
Chelsea Doolittle suffered a broken nose and multiple broken teeth as a result of the attack.
Earlier this year, George was found guilty of using unreasonable force against Dolittle, and was fired shortly after.
“This has ruined my life,” Doolittle said in October after finding out George avoided jail time.
He was sentenced in federal court to four years of probation and ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution.
Leaders signed off on a deal Tuesday to give Doolittle a $400,000 settlement in the case.
Channel 9 spoke with Doolittle’s lawyers, who said she trying to put it all behind her.
“This is a nice early holiday gift that this unfortunate chapter in her life has come to an end, and she just, like you’d expect, is just hoping to move forward,” attorney Brad Smith said.