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$65,000 Paid to Ohio Anti-War Protesters in False Arrest Settlement

The City of Kent (Ohio) agreed to pay anti-war protesters $65,000 after they filed a civil suit against police for being arrested without probable cause in 2003.

An anti-war rally at Kent State University went awry when protesters exited the campus and proceeded to march down Main Street. Approximately 200 riot police halted the protesters, warning that they were not allowed to march in the street. The protesters moved to nearby sidewalks and verbally assaulted the officers. Twelve of the protesters were arrested.

On May 3, 2005, 11 of the 12 arrestees, including Art McKoy, president of the Cleveland anti-crime group Black on Black Crime, and Brian Fry, justice coordinator for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Cleveland, filed suit against the Kent police department for having been arrested without probable cause. The City agreed to pay the plaintiffs $65,000 to settle the suit, as well as $130,000 in attorney’s fees and costs. See: Bell v. City of Kent, U.S.D.C. (ND Ohio), Case No. 5:05-cv-01113-CAB.

Sources: WKYC,

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Bell v. City of Kent