City settles with family over delayed police response - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

City settles with family over delayed police response

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The city of Akron has agreed to pay $537,000 to a family who sued police over their delay in responding to calls for help.

Karen Hunter, 38, was killed last year by her ex-husband. Police arrived 43 minutes after the first call from neighbors. By that time, Hunter was dead on the kitchen floor.

A dispatcher and two officers were suspended after her death.

Investigators say Hunter had been given a protective order by a judge and that the calls weren't given the priority they should have.

Hunter's oldest daughter, 22-year-old Quanise Purdy, filed a federal lawsuit against the city, police department and several employees. Purdy says her mother would've survived if police had arrived sooner.

City Law Director Max Rothal says the evidence doesn't support that, but that things did fall through the cracks.

A judge must approve the deal.

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