The family of Matthew Hook, from Dublin, Ohio, has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the Columbus suburb of Perry Township, its board of trustees, and a police officer for $2.25 million. Hook had suffered brain damage after Perry Township police officer, Shawn Bean, used a Taser stun gun on him while he was atop an 8-foot fence.
Bean stunned Hook in the back as he climbed the fence, causing Hook to fall head-first onto the concrete below, leaving him with permanent brain damage. At the time (2010), Hook was 23 and was believed to be fleeing from police over a theft, but was unarmed. More details are emerging from this regional case.
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News, reported by The News-Herald.