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Teen pushed down by Iowa officer got money for secrecy

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WATERLOO (AP) -

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- A teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement he received.

After resolving his federal lawsuit for $95,000, the city of Waterloo negotiated an extra $5,000 payment to Malcolm Anderson last month in exchange for guarantees that the 19-year-old and his attorney would not have press conferences, make disclosures to civil rights groups or mention the deal on social media.

The Associated Press obtained the confidentiality agreement from the city under the Iowa open records law.

Randy Evans, director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, says it may be illegal for an Iowa government agency to demand confidentiality and goes against the public interest.
 

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