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Settlement Reached in Case Against Police Taser Use

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WRKC) -- The family of an Ohio man who suffered brain damage after police used a taser on him settles their federal civil rights lawsuit for 2.25 million dollars.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein  announced the settlement Wednesday between the Cincinnati family of Matthew Hook and the Columbus suburb of Perry Township, its board of trustees and a police officer.

Hook, then 23, was unarmed and fleeing officers after a theft in August 2010.  Perry Township officer Shawn Bean stunned Hook in the back with a taser as he climbed a fence, causing Hook to fall head- first onto the concrete below and suffer permanent brain damage.




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