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Civil Plaintiff

Man Paralyzed After Police Shooting Settled Lawsuit for $8M

SEATTLE — The city of Tacoma on Friday agreed to an $8 million settlement for a man who was paralyzed and had his legs amputated after being shot by a police officer during a low-speed car chase in 2011.

The settlement came two weeks into a federal civil rights trial that was being conducted on Zoom because of COVID-19 precautions.

Than Orn was repeatedly shot by Officer Kristopher Clark on Oct. 12, 2011, as officers tried to stop him for driving with his headlights off. Throughout the 15-minute pursuit, Orn — who had a suspended license and had recently smoked cocaine — drove at 25 mph to 35 mph (40 to 56 kmh) and stopped at all traffic lights and stop signs; he said he wanted to make it home to his apartment because his wife needed the car for work.

Read the source article at The Columbian

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