Criminal get's settlement
This happened close to where i live. I don't know if i'm posting it in the right area ..sorry mods. This makes me sick.
PERRY TWP. A man paralyzed after being shot by police will be paid $100,000 under a settlement with the officer and the township.
Perry officer William Watson shot Shay Neace during a drug raid in March 2003 at a house in the 1300 block of Tremont Avenue SW in Massillon.
Neace and his mother, Michelle Neace, sued Watson, Perry Township and the city of Massillon in U.S. District Court.
In February, the Neaces, Watson and the township reached a tentative agreement that was finalized May 9, according to a copy of the settlement obtained through state open-records law.
Under the terms, Neace will receive two payments from the township's insurance carrier.
Trustees voted Tuesday to pay a $2,500 insurance deductible.
Massillon Law Director Perry Stergios refused to release documents early Wednesday with details of Massillon's settlement.
Other city officials referred questions to Stergios, who did not return repeated calls later in the day.
Plaintiff's attorney Dimitrios S. Pousoulides wouldn't discuss dollar amounts, but said he believes the case has changed police procedures for drug raids.
A six-man team of Massillon and Perry police officers went to the house to arrest a man who sold drugs to an informant earlier in the evening. About 20 people were attending a party inside the home when it was raided.
Watson encountered Neace, who was holding a gun, on the second floor. In prior court testimony, the police officer said he grabbed the gun and struggled with Neace before firing three shots.
In court papers, Neace said he never pointed a gun at anyone. He also said he didn't know Watson was a police officer and tried to push Watson's gun away, but stepped back and put his hands up when the first shot was fired.
Two bullets hit Neace. He was paralyzed from the chest down.
A grand jury determined that Watson took reasonable action. In a separate case, a jury acquitted Neace of felony resisting arrest and obstructing official business.
Perry Law Director Charles Hall declined to comment on the settlement. In the past he has said the township believes Watson acted within the law and in compliance with department policy. Neither Watson nor the township admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.