Phoenix man forced to eat marijuana by police settles suit

The three Phoenix Police officers involved in the case, Richard G. Pina, Jason E. McFadden and Michael J. Carnicle, all resigned after the incident.

The three Phoenix Police officers involved in the case, Richard G. Pina, Jason E. McFadden and Michael J. Carnicle, all resigned after the incident.

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man who says he was forced by police to eat marijuana or go to jail has settled a lawsuit against the city for $100,000.

The Phoenix City Council approved the settlement Wednesday.

Edgar Castro was pulled over for speeding in September 2016 and police officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana in his car.

Castro says he became sick and vomited after ingesting the marijuana.

The three police officers involved, Richard G. Pina, Jason E. McFadden and Michael J. Carnicle resigned from the force shortly after the incident.

Lawyers for the 20-year-old Castro filed a notice of claim in the case in February against the city and the three officers. That precursor to a lawsuit sought $3.5 million.

Castro's suit filed in October sought undisclosed punitive and compensatory damages for an alleged civil-right violation and emotional distress.