A million-dollar lawsuit was recently filed by the mother of a middle-school girl whose arm was broken while she was being restrained by an Ohio police officer. The federal lawsuit claims that the unruly 14-year-old girl’s civil rights were violated by the unnecessary force that the officer used. Six different police officers are named, along with the Akron police chief.
The suit is asking for $75,000 in compensatory damages, and $1 million in punitive damages. The officer who restrained the girl has been reassigned, but the police district said that no judgment was made on whether he acted wrongly. The incident was captured on video. Currently, the police department is referring questions to the city law department.
We trust the authorities to enforce the law – not to abuse it. When police misconduct occurs, it’s important to hold the responsible officers accountable for their actions. According to law, citizens must be treated according to specific standards. If violent force is used to arrest a person who is otherwise cooperating, that officer can and should be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured because of police misconduct in Ohio, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co. L.P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Columbus personal injury attorneys.