The family of a boy allegedly hog-tied by a police officer in Missouri has settled their lawsuit, according to the Huffington Post. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident in 2010, during which Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma, then working for Jefferson County, and his colleague approached a 12-year-old who was checking his mailbox. The lawsuit claims that Cosma and his colleague used excessive force on the boy, choking him and eventually restraining him by hog-tying his hands and feet together. The officers, however, allege they found the boy confused on the side of a highway and restrained him for his own safety. The parties reached a settlement of $4,500, and a judge granted a motion to dismiss the suit.

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