The home-theater installer who faced 30 years in jail after a 2007 fight with an off-duty Jupiter cop then saw the criminal case against him mysteriously dropped has been offered $50,000 by the town for his pain and suffering, Gossip Extra has learned.
Greg Holzer, who claims he was assaulted by a drunk then-Sgt. Reggie Scurry in Abacoa, says he is not happy about yesterday’s tentative settlement in mediation with the town’s administration. He filed a negligence lawsuit in 2011.
“The cops looked out for each other even though they knew they shouldn’t have arrested me,” Holzer said. “It was a fight. We both were bleeding. But I’m the one who could have gone to prison for 30 years. I deserve at least $500,000!”
Holzer says he hasn’t rejected the offer yet, five years after he encountered the off-duty Scurry in a parking lot early one morning.
Words, and possibly a racial slur, were exchanged and former Jupiter High School football star Scurry jumped him, Holzer said. When Jupiter Police responded to what had turned out to be a free-for-all, Scurry got to go home without as much as a reprimand after refusing to tell his supervisors what happened.
Holzer, now 32, went home, too.
But within weeks, was charged with felony assault as a hate crime: Scurry was one of a few black policemen in Jupiter!
As reporters started asking questions about the arrest that year, Jupiter Police announced the charge against Holzer would be dropped.
Internal Affairs tried to discipline Scurry, but Chief Frank Kitzerow threw out the rat squad’s findings and promoted Scurry to captain.
Scurry was eventually fired last year after allegedly lying about a domestic violence incident.
“The only satisfaction I’ve had is that Scurry is no longer a cop,” Holzer says. “But I’ll never forget what happened. I’ve got a carrying permit since then, and if there’s a next time, I’ll shoot. That would cause me less of a hassle in this state.”
Town Spokeswoman Kate Moretto confirmed that a $50,000-settlement was reached but had yet to be executed.