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Settlement reached in civil court case over fatal Hummelstown police shooting in 2015

By Dan Miller

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Posted 9/6/17

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

A settlement has been reached in the federal civil court case brought against former Hummelstown Police Officer Lisa Mearkle by the family of David …

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Settlement reached in civil court case over fatal Hummelstown police shooting in 2015

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A settlement has been reached in the federal civil court case brought against former Hummelstown Police Officer Lisa Mearkle by the family of David Kassick, who was shot and killed by Mearkle following a traffic stop in February 2015.

Mearkle chased after Kassick and shot him twice after her Taser did not incapacitate him. The incident was caught on video by Mearkle’s Taser, which had a camera.

Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones III reported the settlement in an order that was filed in the case on Aug. 21.

The order said that the case would be dismissed without costs and without prejudice to the right of either party. However, Jones’ order also gave the parties a period of 60 days within which to reinstate the case, if the settlement is not finalized by then.

Details of the proposed settlement were not immediately available.

The case was brought by Kassick’s family in October 2015 against Mearkle, Hummelstown Police Chief Charles Dowell, Mayor Bradley Miller, Borough Manager Michael J. O’Keefe, and the borough of Hummelstown.

In November 2015 a Dauphin County jury acquitted Mearkle of third-degree murder. Mearkle resigned from the borough police force after accepting a $120,000 severance package.

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