From [HERE] Cleveland has agreed to pay $375,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed white Cleveland police officer, Sgt. Timothy Patton [racist suspect in photo] shot and wounded an unarmed black man who was trying to surrender while lying face down in a garage.
Court documents show that a settlement was reached Thursday in the federal lawsuit filed by 29-year-old Kipp Holloway after the May 2014 shooting.
A city spokesman couldn't be reached for comment Sunday about the settlement. The city denied the allegations in a motion after the lawsuit was filed in May 2015.
According to the lawsuit and Holloway's attorney, Terry Gilbert, Holloway had gotten a ride from two acquaintances who picked him up while he was shopping. He sat in the backseat. After a short while the men noticed that they were being followed by a white man in a red pickup truck. At that time the acquaintances told Holloway that they had robbed the main tailing them. The driver of the car crashed after a high-speed pursuit on city streets and Holloway ran to a dilapidated garage where he hid behind a motorcycle, the lawsuit said. The other two men fled away on foot.
Holloway was lying on his stomach on the garage floor when heard a police radio and an officer approaching, prompting Holloway to call out that he was black, not armed and that he had his hands up, the lawsuit said. He was lying face down down with his hands and arms extended on the ground, over his head. That's when Sgt. Timothy Patton fired a shot "without any warning and no provocation," the lawsuit said. The shot went through Holloway's right forearm and ricocheted off the floor into his chest.
Patton then "yanked" Holloway to up his knees by the collar and placed the barrel of a gun into his mouth while asking where his "boys" were, the lawsuit said. He also asked him why Holloway made Patton chase him.
"Holloway was consumed with fear," the lawsuit said. "He thought the police were going to kill him."Read More