A $1-million claim by a youth who says he was choked and pushed to the ground by an off-duty beach patrol officer has been unanimously rejected by the City Council.
The claim, filed by Tyler Barnett, 16, also alleges that another officer who stopped at the scene failed to take his complaint or interview witnesses.
But Police Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr. said the department investigated the incident and submitted a report to the district attorney's office, which chose not to file charges.
Purcell said Barnett and the beach patrol officer, Fraser Elfman, 23, had conflicting stories about who started the shoving.
Since Elfman was off duty at the time, the dispute was treated as a private matter, Purcell said.
"As far as we're concerned, this is a non-job-related incident," he said. "It's a private incident between (Elfman) and Mr. Barnett."