Montgomery County to Pay $400,000 to Man Kneed in the Head During 2019 Arrest
Arnaldo Pesoa, whose 2019 arrest went viral after video footage showed him being kneed in the head by a Montgomery County police officer while laying facedown in handcuffs on a sidewalk, will receive a $400,000 settlement from Montgomery County.
The arrest occurred outside of McDonald’s in Aspen Hill. Pesoa was suspected of selling drugs.
Kevin Moris, the officer who kneed Pesoa, was convicted of the assault and was sentenced to a 90-day suspended sentence in 2020. Moris claimed Pesoa was resisting arrest.
According to NBC4, Pesoa filed his lawsuit in 2020, claiming he suffered a concussion and that the knee to his head could have caused life-threatening injuries.
In a statement, Pesoa’s attorney Timothy Maloney said, “Mr. Pesoa hopes this case will lead to real reform, and “No police officer should ever slam their knee onto the neck of another human being”.
Video of the incident can be seen in here.