Ridge pays man who alleged cops roughed him up

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne

Chicago Ridge has agreed to a settlement in the case of a village man who alleged police officers used excessive force against him during a traffic stop more than two years ago.

The Village Board on Tuesday voted to approve the settlement in which the village will pay $25,000 to Wayne Coglianese, whose father, Ralph, had filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Ridge Police Department alleging an improper stop, search, arrest and subsequent prosecution. Ralph Coglianese also alleged that two Chicago Ridge police officers used excessive force during the stop that took place April 16, 2011, when Wayne Coglianese was 17, according Chicago Ridge officials.

“The release of all claims or causes of action for damages or injuries arising out of the aforementioned occurrence, including, but not limited to, claims of false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, excessive force, unlawful search and seizure and the federal and state constitutions as well as the common law of the state of Illinois,” states a release of liability form. Coglianese has per the terms of the settlement released the village of all liability related to the alleged incident.