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NYC settles for $2.5 million over Rikers Island jail beating death

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Rikers IslandNew York City officials have agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a Rikers Island inmate who was allegedly beaten to death by corrections officers.

A spokesman for the city's Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died in December 2012 at the New York City jail.

In a federal lawsuit filed last year in Manhattan, Spear's father claimed his son was assaulted for complaining that his medical care at the jail was inadequate.

The settlement was first reported Monday in an article by The New York Times.

A broad investigation into violence and other criminal conduct has led to the arrest of more than a dozen officers at the much-criticized jail complex in recent months.

In March, an officer was charged with depriving a mentally ill inmate of medical aid after the inmate swallowed a corrosive disinfectant. The inmate eventually died. Another convict who suffered from schizophrenia died in an overheated cell earlier this year. His family has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the city.

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