Ohio police dept. pays after children handcuffed

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio police department is paying $25,000 to settle a lawsuit by the family of a young brother and sister who were handcuffed by officers after a fight on a school bus.

Police in the Columbus suburb of Westerville denied that its officers did anything wrong, but said they decided to settle the lawsuit to minimize insurance risk. The school board is continuing to fight the suit filed by Tonya Mitchell and her two children over the Oct. 2011 incident.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/10zg9jp ) reports that the children, ages 7 and 8 at the time, were handcuffed after the bus fight and put in a holding cells until their mother arrived.

Tonya Mitchell accused police of civil-rights violations and using excessive force.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s