The family of a mentally ill Indiana man who died after a confrontation with law enforcement officers has settled with the city of Mason for $375,000.
Doug Boucher was 39-years-old when he got into an altercation with two Mason police officers outside of a convenience store in 2009. He had reportedly made lewd comments to the 19-year-old clerk.
Boucher, who was unarmed, was hit with a stun gun at least seven times. According to the Associated Press (AP), Boucher was face down on the pavement for at least five of the attacks. Local NBC News affiliate WKRC reports that at least one of the officers also kicked the man and hit him with a police baton while he was down.
The victim's family filed a civil lawsuit against the city, alleging wrongful death. They agreed to settle with officials, rather than taking the suit to court.
"While both sides feel strongly about their positions, and obviously disagree, both sides recognize the tragic loss of life that occurred and sympathize with the impact this loss has had on the parents and minor child of Douglas Boucher," according to a statement from attorneys on both sides, as reported by the AP.
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