A local story has a probate court angle. The City of Cincinnati has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an 11 year old shoplifter who was tasered after running from an off duty police officer. The young girl, who had been caught and warned previously for stealing from the same store, had $53 of stolen merchandise on her. She will receive $220,000 from the city and $20,000 from Kroger for the indignity of being tasered.
Several points and one prediction:
1. Because the girl is a minor, the settlement will be subject to probate court supervision until she turns 18.
2. Funds may only be spent with the approval of the probate court and then only for her mental health to overcome the trauma of being tasered.
3. She will have unrestricted access to the funds when she turns 18.
4. Call it more than a hunch that the number of shoplifting incidents at Kroger without repercussions will increase dramatically.
Photo Credit: Albert Cesare/Cincinnati Enquirer
License: Fair Use/Education (from linked article)