James Gray was shot in the face after he was stopped by Middleport Officer Steve Koebel.  Mr. Gray was unarmed.  He filed a civil rights case challenging the shooting as excessive force and claiming that the Village of Middleport failed to adequately train and supervise Mr. Koebel.  The case was settled in August, 2011 for the sum of $450,000.00.  Several problems with officer selection, training and supervision were identified during the litigation and The Village of Middleport has taken significant steps to fix those problems.  A letter summarizing the screening, supervision and training reforms was sent to Plaintiff’s counsel Al Gerhardstein.  Co-counsel on the case was Trenton Cleland of Pomeroy, Ohio.

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