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.
Gerhardstein & Branch along with the Innocence Project announce Landmark Civil Rights Settlement with the City of Cincinnati for an Independent Audit of Homicide DNA Evidence
(Cincinnati, OH — September 14, 2020) The New York-based Innocence Project and Cincinnati law firm Gerhardstein & Branch have negotiated a...
Inside Your Police Force: A Black officer’s perspective and how history impacts community relations today
On Sunday, August 16, Tommy Britt would have turned 27 years old if he had not died after being denied medical help at the Hamilton County Jail...