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Westerville police dept. pays after children handcuffed

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio police department is paying $25,000 to settle a lawsuit by the family of a young brother and sister who were handcuffed by officers after a fight on a school bus.

Police in the Columbus suburb of Westerville denied that its officers did anything wrong, but said they decided to settle the lawsuit to minimize insurance risk. The school board is continuing to fight the suit filed by Tonya Mitchell and her two children over the Oct. 2011 incident.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/10zg9jp ) reports that the children, ages 7 and 8 at the time, were handcuffed after the bus fight and put in a holding cells until their mother arrived.

Tonya Mitchell accused police of civil-rights violations and using excessive force.

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