Cleveland Settles in Lawsuit Over Seizure of Gun Despite Lack of Charges

Paying $6750


Cleveland has agreed to give Derrick Washington his gun back and pay $6,750 in a settlement over a federal lawsuit that drew outrage from gun-rights advocates over the police department's seizure of Washington's weapon in a case in which he was never charged.

A settlement agreement released this week said the city would release Washington's .38-caliber Taurus and pay him $1,000. The gun, according to court records, cost him about $400. The city also paid $5,500 in fees for his attorney, J. Gary Seewald, and $250 in court costs.