The St. Paul City Council awarded $50,000 Wednesday to a St. Paul man who alleged that a police officer broke his jaw and wrongfully detained him while he was out with his girlfriend one night last year.

In his suit, which was not filed, James Cannon, 28, charged the city and police with violating his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure along with assault and battery, false imprisonment and negligence.

According to his complaint, Cannon and his girlfriend were at Dale Street and Sherburne Avenue after midnight when he was stopped and questioned by police.

He said that he told police he had just left his father's house but that one officer didn't accept his story and "proceeded to beat him."

Then, he alleged, he was taken to a detox facility even though he hadn't been drinking.

The incident led to "pain and suffering, emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment," according to the suit.

Cannon later identified an officer in a photo lineup as the officer who he said had beaten him.

In his suit, Cannon was seeking damages of more than $50,000.

The city denied that excessive force was used and rejected Cannon's claim that he had not been drinking.

The parties to the settlement agreed that the settlement should not be construed as an admission of wrongdoing on the part of any of the defendants.

KEVIN DUCHSCHERE