CINCINNATI (AP) - The family of Ohio man who suffered brain damage after police used a Taser stun gun on him while he was atop an 8-foot fence has settled their federal civil rights lawsuit for $2.25 million.
Cincinnati attorney Al Gerhardstein (GEHR'-hard-stein) announced the settlement Wednesday between the Dublin 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 police over a theft on Aug. 8, 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.
Bean and attorneys representing him and the township didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)