PATERSON, NJ – A woman is preparing a lawsuit against Paterson accusing an off-duty city police officer of slamming her to the ground while she was handcuffed and sitting on a bench in a holding cell at headquarters, according to a report on News 12.

The report by “Kane in Your Corner” includes a videotape of the incident in which Linette Vazquez says she was attacked by Officer Michael Avila in March 2011.

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The report says Avila has been disciplined by the Paterson police department, but that a grand jury found no reason to levy criminal charges against Avila. Vazquez and co-workers from the Sunrise Gentleman’s Club were having breakfast the Egg Platter on Crooks Avenue when she had a dispute with Avila and another off-duty who were at the next table, the story said.

Over the past 18 months, Paterson has paid out more than $1.2 million to settle lawsuits alleging abuse by Paterson police officers, according to resolutions approved by the City Council.