Westerville To Pay Family $25,000 After Officers Handcuff 2 Children
The City of Westerville will pay a family $25,000 to settle a lawsuit over alleged excessive force used against two children.
On Oct. 19, 2011, Westerville Police said Tonya Mitchell's children Mikeal, 8, and Michelle, 7, became physically aggressive with their bus driver.
The two children were also accused of shouting expletives at their principal and police.
The family's attorney said that police put the children in handcuffs and kept them in a holding cell until their mother arrived.
A Westerville spokesperson told 10TV that the city believes the actions of its officers were appropriate, but it accepts the independent decision of the City's risk and insurance pool to settle the case for this amount.
"We believe this decision was made in the best interest of the public to avoid long-term and expensive litigation," said Christa Dickey, City of Westerville.
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