Jury selection was underway on February 8, 2008 when the City of Cleveland decided to pay the family of Ricardo Mason one million dollars to settle the case.  Ricardo was a 16 year old passenger in a car that the police stopped on August 27, 2002.  Ricardo was unarmed and had his hands in the air when the shooting occurred.  Lead attorney Al Gerhardstein co-counseled the case with David Malik and Dennis Niermann of Cleveland.  They were prepared to prove that the defendant police officers moved the suspect car after the shooting and before the investigation in order to support their version of events.  The settlement ended the trial.  Click here to read the Sixth Circuit decision in the case.

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