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Dayton settles for $500K in police killing of Michael Tuck

January 27, 2022 GMT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Dayton says it will pay $500,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Michael Tuck Sr., who Dayton police shot and killed after he ran from police during a 2019 traffic stop.

John Musto, Dayton’s assistant city attorney, said Tuck’s two children will each receive structured payments of $100,000 through Metlife Assignment Co. His mother, Renita Tuck-Walker, and her attorney will get the remaining $300,000 minus expenses, The Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday.

Tuck, 29, allegedly knocked a Taser from Officer Cody Hartings’ hands during a struggle, then picked it up and pointed it at him, according to a memo filed as part of the defendants’ motion for summary judgment.

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Hastings said Tuck ignored commands and asked the officer to shoot him, the memo said.

His mother sued the city, the police chief and Hastings, a 3-year police veteran. She asserted the officer used excessive and unreasonable force without justification, violating Tuck’s civil rights. Tuck had been pulled over for erratic driving.