Biker shot by Ottawa Hills cop to receive millions

Michael McCloskey testifies before a jury, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

The village of Ottawa Hills has settled, to the tune of millions of dollars, in the case against a motorcyclist shot and paralyzed by a part-time police officer.

Michael McCloskey, will receive a total of $5 million, which includes payment for medical expense, for the May 23, 2009 traffic stop shooting which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

In May 2010, a jury found that part-time Ottawa Hills officer Thomas Caine White used excessive force in shooting McCloskey during the traffic stop at Central Avenue and Indian Road.

White was found guilty

of felonious assault with a gun specification. He was sentenced to seven years in prison plus three additional years for the gun specification. The criminal conviction and sentence remains under appeal. White remains free on $100,000 bond.

McCloskey, who is confined to a wheelchair, filed a civil lawsuit in 2009 against the village of Ottawa Hills, claiming that his civil rights were violated when he was shot by White. The officer testified that he fired because he believed McCloskey was reaching for a weapon. Prosecutors said the ex-officer used excessive force against the motorcyclist.

The $5 million settlement will resolve the case and release Ottawa Hills from any further liability or medical expense incurred by McCloskey.


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