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Family settles with North College Hill over taser death

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) -- The family of a man who died after a North College Hill police officer used a taser on him, has settled with the city.

The officer used his taser on Corey McGinnis and another person when he responded to Crutchfield Park to help Springfield Township officers break up a big fight. McGinnis went into cardiac arrested and died.

McGinnis' family says he wasn't armed and didn't pose a serious threat. The family's attorneys say the incident happened two years after the maker of the taser warned law enforcement agencies to avoid striking people in the upper chest.

The family has settled for $650,000. They wanted to provide for McGinnis' eight children. They also won changes to the city's taser police and training. They must use tasers in accordance to the manufacturer's preferred target zone, grade officer exams taken during taser training and conduct use of force investigations after taser deployments.

They must implement the reforms with family attorney Al Gerhardstein. Gerhardstein commended North College Hill for including the reforms in the settlement.

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