Ohio Man Settles Lawsuit With Police For $2.25M

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UPDATED: Wednesday January 29, 2014 3:28 PM

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.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein announced the settlement Wednesday between the Cincinnati 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.

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