City Council approves $237,000 settlement in 2013 officer-involved shooting

Columbus City Hall

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Monday night, Columbus City Council approved a $237,000 settlement to a man who was shot by a Columbus police officer in 2013.

According to the civil complaint, James Barber was shot by CPD Officer Bobby Schoolcraft on Nov. 13, 2013 while Barber was staying at America Best Value Motel on James Lutheran Lane in Columbus. Barber lives in Hamilton, Ohio and was staying in Columbus for a contracting job.

The shooting allegedly happened as Barber was helping a coworker who was threatening to “cut himself or commit suicide with a knife.” Officer Kelly Yeager told Barber to “freeze” while pointing a gun at him. Immediately following that statement, Officer Bobby Schoolcraft fired one shot at a “non-resisting, non-aggressive” Barber. He was shot in the right shoulder.

Barber sued the City of Columbus, officers Schoolcraft and Yeager, Chief Kimberley Jacobs and R&B Contractors, his employer. The complaint, filed in late 2014, cites:

  • excessive use of force by the officers
  • failure for the city to follow directive for the procedure for responding to calls for service dealing with mentally ill individuals
  • failure for the city to conduct a meaningful investigation when faced with conflicting versions thereby ratifying the shooting of the plaintiff
  • failure for the city to properly train and supervise officers
  • wrongful and negligent hiring by the contacting company

Officer Schoolcraft was in court earlier this year after being charged with soliciting and engaging in sexual activity with a woman who has a history of drug abuse and prostitution.

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