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Columbus to pay $30,000 after Ohio State student's lawsuit alleging excessive police force


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The City of Columbus is set to pay $30,000 to a man who claimed in a civil rights lawsuit as an Ohio State University student that police officers beat him up over what later amounted to a littering conviction.

The 2013 lawsuit by Joseph Hines accused officers of a "brutal, unjustified physical attack" on Aug. 29, 2012, that left the then-21-year-old Hines unconscious, led to a three-day hospitalization and caused permanent scarring.

Hines, of Jackson, Michigan, later pleaded guilty to a charge of littering stemming from his arrest and paid a $100 fine.

A jury awarded the payment in September and the Columbus Dispatch reported ( ) that Columbus City Council was expected to approve the payout at its weekly meeting Monday.

A message was left with Hines' attorney.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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