EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A woman has won a civil lawsuit against the city of East Cleveland and some police officers over a 2012 incident that left her car shot up by police gunfire during a traffic stop.
A jury has already awarded Mikeena Fitzgerald $270,000 and the jury still must come back for punitive damages.
Back in 2012, East Cleveland Police said Fitzgerald ran a red light. Police pulled her over, and then claimed she backed into a patrol car twice. They shot up her car with ten shots.
But the East Cleveland mayor found the officers were not in danger. He fired them. And later, the charges against Fitzgerald were thrown out.
So Fitzgerald sued and has now been awarded money for malicious prosecution and emotional distress.
The jury will come back to consider punitive damages next week.
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