Unarmed Black Man Shot, Paralyzed By Officer Wins Record Settlement

(INDIANAPOLIS) – In 2016, an unarmed black man was shot in the back by an IMPD officer.

Now, the City of Indianapolis has agreed to a settlement with Gerald Cole.

The city will pay Cole $2.15 million.

Officer James Perry shot Cole twice during an altercation in October 2016. The shooting left Cole partially paralyzed, and facing a lifetime of medical bills.

Cole and his family are satisfied with the settlement, says Cole’s attorney, Richard Waples.

In 2017, a grand jury cleared Officer Perry of any wrongdoing in the shooting. Perry has been the subject of two other pending federal lawsuits, but still works for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.