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Dolphins S Nate Allen lands $440K for wrongful arrest in 2015

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 10/21/2017 Jesse Reed
May 25, 2017; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen (29) takes a break during OTAs practice drills at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports May 25, 2017; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen (29) takes a break during OTAs practice drills at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.

Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen was vindicated in a big way when the City of Fort Myers agreed to pay him $440,000 for wrongfully arresting him back in 2015.

Fort Myers police wrongfully identified and detained Allen in 2015 in a case that involved a man exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl. On Monday of this week, the Fort Myers City Council reportedly debated behind closed doors and unanimously agreed upon the settlement amount, per Jaclyn Bevis of NBC 2 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Allen had previously filed a lawsuit last year for the wrongful arrest.

“He didn’t deserve this; the council understands that,” said Mayor Randy Henderson, prior to the meeting.

Former police Chief Doug Baker was fired as part of the investigation into what happened because he was found to have lied about making a phone call to release Allen.

“You gotta be held accountable; it would show direction. The police is taking time before they jump to conclusions, before they arrest,” said Jermaine Church of Fort Myers.

Allen, who is a Cape Coral native who played his college ball at South Florida, signed with the Dolphins prior to the 2017 season after spending the past two years with the Oakland Raiders.

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