Lawsuit settlement reached in death of Ohio teen hit by stun gun

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of an Ohio teen who was shocked with a stun gun and died has reached a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati.

Everette Howard Jr.’s family sued the school and a university police officer, alleging the stun gun shock led to Howard’s August death. The university and the family’s attorney confirmed the settlement today.

The university must notify the public and Howard’s family before resuming stun-gun use and pay tuition for Howard’s two siblings. It also expressed regret to his family and will install a memorial bench and plaque where he died.

The officer said he used the stun gun because Howard wouldn’t stop approaching him.

The official cause of death was undetermined. A prosecutor found the officer did nothing wrong.

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