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Portland antes up for slap

A slap by a former Portland Police Bureau officer has resulted in money for a Lake Oswego man.

Austin Wade Leroux, 28, will get $34,500 from the city of Portland for the slap delivered by a policeman while Leroux was in handcuffs. The decision to pay Leroux - which settles a federal lawsuit - was made Wednesday, Jan. 3, on a 4-0 vote by the Portland City Council.

Last March 1, Leroux was taken into custody following a fight in downtown Portland during a Mardi Gras celebration.

According to Leroux's lawsuit, he asked Officer Dennis Bell whether he was under arrest. He claims Bell then cursed at him, called him a drunk, then slapped him across the face without provocation.

Leroux was taken to a detoxification center but was never charged with a crime.

Bell, a 30-year veteran, has resigned after a criminal investigation. He reportedly was asked to write a letter of apology to Leroux.