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City of Cleveland paying $6750 in settlement of gun confiscation
Concealed-carry permit and .38-caliber revolver are part of a federal lawsuit involving a man who was never charged with a crime

Kabir Bhatia
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The City of Cleveland has agreed to pay $6,750 in a federal lawsuit over the seizure of a gun from a man who was never charged with a crime. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
City of Cleveland paying $6750 in settlement of gun confiscation

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In February, Derrick Washington called police to report a shooting on the east side. Although he was not involved, he later told officers he had a gun in his car and a concealed carry permit. Police also say he admitted having two vodkas that night.

Washington was arrested, accused of using weapons while intoxicated and -- because he did not tell officers about the carry permit immediately -- illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

Washington's lawyer says his client told officers as soon as he could and that he never said he’d been drinking.Washington spent three days in jail, but was never charged. And police did not return the gun because of an ordinance allowing them to keep it until a court says otherwise.

Washington filed suit in August. As part of the settlement, the city admits no wrongdoing and will return Washington’s .38-caliber revolver.

It also says it will review the ordinances in question after gun-rights advocates said they’re trumped by state law.
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