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First settlements in Ohio stun-gun lawsuit

Nov. 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An Ohio county has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle lawsuits related to the alleged use of stun guns on jail inmates.

The settlement was approved by Franklin County commissioners. The suits were filed by two former inmates 2010, claiming the alleged use of excessive force by sheriff's deputies in non-violent situations.

The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Wednesday the settlements would soon be followed by six more cases filed on the same issue by current and former prisoners.

A class-action suit was filed by the Ohio Legal Rights Service and was joined by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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