Family sues after police shoot, kill Ohio man with machete

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The family of a northeast Ohio man who confronted four police officers with a machete has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was wrongly shot and killed.

Kent officers shot 25-year-old Douglas Yon in December. Police say the Kent man ran at the officers with the machete and refused orders to stop. ( ) reports Yon’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Akron against the officers and the city of Kent last week.

The suit says Yon was holding the machete at his side and pointing it at the ground when he was shot.

The family seeks at least $100,000 in damages and assurances that future responses and arrests will abide by legal use of force limits.

City officials said they haven’t seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.


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