Ohio village settles police shooting case

OTTAWA HILLS, Ohio (AP) — A northwestern Ohio village has agreed to pay $5 million to a motorcyclist paralyzed when he was shot by a police officer during a 2009 traffic stop.

The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/VsgSdI ) reports that officials in the village of Ottawa Hills agreed to the settlement with Michael McCloskey earlier this month.

The settlement resolves a federal lawsuit against former officer Thomas White and the village. McCloskey was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot once in the back during a May 2009 traffic stop.

White was convicted in 2010 of felonious assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He has appealed, claiming he made a good-faith mistake when he fired the shot, and as a police officer should be immune from prosecution.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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