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The police are supposed to protect all citizens at all times. That includes those they are pursuing, detaining, or arresting; however, the Cleveland Police Department is facing numerous Ohio wrongful death and catastrophic injury lawsuits stemming from claims that officers used excessive force in the line of duty.
An article from Cleveland.com highlights several of the cases in question. One individual claimed an officer used a Taser gun on him for no reason, while another victim claimed to have developed a condition known as cellulitis as a result of being handcuffed too tightly. Still another family claims their loved one was wrongfully shot and killed by an officer.
One thing all of the claims have in common is that they all allege a lack of training in use-of-force policies for officers is to blame for the incidents. Reports confirm that recruits for the department only receive four hours of training on the subject. Residual training programs for veteran officers are lacking as well.
In many of the lawsuits, settlements were reached between the city and the victims that provided compensation for damages.
The Cleveland personal injury lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy believe in accountability for one’s actions. That’s why we hope the decisions that were reached bring closure to the families who were harmed.
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