Settlement reached between woman and police

Youngstown police

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown and a woman who sued the city over police conduct have reached a tentative deal.

Desiree Johnson sued the city in 2011. She claimed three police officers used excessive force while searching a 12 year old african american boy during a traffic stop.

The terms of the deal have not been released because it still needs to be approved by city council and probate court. However, a U.S. District judge criticized the police department, for what she called a pattern of federal civil rights violations.

The judge also said the department’s investigation was quick, one-sided and incomplete.

Youngstown police have said they stand by their investigation into the incident.

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