(AP/WTVM) A judge has approved a class action settlement of a federal lawsuit against the City of Columbus.
The lawsuit initially filed in October 2016 said that when Cleopatra Harrison called 911 to report abuse, Columbus police officers took her statement, observed her injuries, arrested her boyfriend and told her to appear in court.
The lawsuit said that when Harrison told the local judge she didn't want to press charges, he told her she owed the city of Columbus $150.
This lawsuit was filed against the city, Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski, Sheriff John Darr, Police Chief Ricky Boren and police officer Michael Lincoln.
Reis also says it is hard for some victims to speak out.
The Southern Center for Human Rights said the settlement approved Wednesday says the court will stop charging victim fees on behalf of the city, and anyone who paid those fees will receive reimbursement and compensation.