Ohio county to pay $375K to settle jail pepper spray lawsuit
Aug. 18, 2017
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county will pay $375,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a woman seen on a jail videotape being pepper-sprayed by a corrections officer while strapped to a restraint chair.
The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2wmPxXs ) 25-year-old Amber Swink sued Montgomery County last year for civil rights violations.
A county prosecutor said the county agreed to the settlement, which Swink's attorney said they reached Wednesday.
Swink was in jail at the time, November 2015, on an allegation she assaulted a police officer. She later pleaded guilty in that case.
A grand jury declined to indict the officer on felony charges. The officer has since been promoted from sergeant to captain.
A federal civil rights investigation was launched and a Dayton city prosecutor says misdemeanor charges are possible.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com