Everyone involved in law enforcement is growing weary of the continued court cases, often frivolous, against police officers and law enforcement agencies. Sometimes it seems like it is a daily media occurrence to hear about yet another lawsuit against police. In Sandusky, Ohio, however, a lawsuit has been successfully resolved in favor of the family…with a surprising twist.
Kent Kramer was fatally shot in February, 2010 during a drunk driving arrest; he was shot five times. Part-time Sandusky Ohio Police Officer Scott Mintz was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. However, the family won a $2.2 million lawsuit against the City of Sandusky for civil wrongful death. Many families would use that money to assuage their grief over their son in some way or spend it on frivolous things. Kent Kramer’s family did something different.
They donated $20,000 to the Sandusky Police Department for equipment and training purposes. Doug Kramer, Kent’s father, stated that the family has created the Kent Kramer Trust with the proceeds of the lawsuit. Each year they will donate funds to a worthy cause as a way of remembering their son, Kent.
Doug Kramer commented, “It is rewarding try to do something in our son’s name that is positive.”
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