Taxpayers take on million dollar bill for police settlements

Andrew Keiper, Anthony Dworning & Jenna Kuczkowski Jeffrey Stephens Sr. was lying on the ground when he was fatally shot 22 times by two Akron police officers after a late-night altercation with a neighbor on July 4, 2008 — his  family was awarded $400,000 by the city. His death, along with the subsequent civil rights lawsuit against the city, is one of at least 20 civil rights settlements the city of Akron has paid out over the past decade, according to documents from the police department. From 2006-2016, the city paid $1,199,451 to settle 79 cases, with the vast majority of them being small property-related settlements usually less than $1,000.

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Complications Delay Multiple Local Case Closures

Kent State and the surrounding area has been connected to a multitude of murders and killings over the past year, either through location or academic connections. In most of these cases, investigations are ongoing and charges have yet to be filed or there is little to no movement in court proceedings.

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