City pays $85,000 to settle lawsuit against Columbus Police officer


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–On Monday, Columbus City Council approved a settlement with a citizen against a Columbus Division of Police officer for an incident that happened two years ago.

Court documents show Jordan Helman claims he was hit in the face by Officer Anthony Pray outside an Arena District bar while he was trying to break up a fight.

Pray was working special duty at BBR on Vine Street on Feb. 1, 2014, the night of the incident.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Helman claimed the use of force was in violation of the Fourth Amendment and further constituted battery and infliction of emotional distress in violation of Ohio law.

As part of the $100,000 settlement, the city paid Helman $85,000. Officer Pray paid $5,000 and bar was paid $10,000. Council records show that the money will be split between Helman and his attorneys.

No one was ever charged. The officer was suspended for 120 hours without pay and ordered to see a counselor.

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