Family held at gunpoint at Air Force Museum receives $40,000

A mother and her mother-in-law forced at gunpoint out of their vehicle and handcuffed outside the Air Force Museum were paid $40,000 to settle a federal civil lawsuit, according to a court document recently obtained by this news organization.

The “Stipulation for Compromise Settlement and Release” document states Alice and Wendy Hill must drop all claims against the government and pay their attorneys out of the $40,000.

“These guys have a difficult job to do,” Hill family attorney Nicholas DiCello said of the base’s military police. “It can be a difficult situation for citizens and for law enforcement. But we think this case certainly went beyond the pale and these folks ended up being victimized to some extent.”

The Columbus-area residents and two young children were stopped by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security in April 2014 during a “high-risk” stop after a 911 caller said a family was checking out vehicles in the museum parking lot.

The family said then 8-year-old Aaron was just looking at all the different states’ license plates as they made their way to their blue Honda Odyssey van. Base personnel mistakenly thought the van was stolen because the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number was incorrectly entered during a search, base officials have said.

The Hills have said they were both handcuffed and ordered to their knees on concrete for 20 minutes as the children screamed in fear. The Hills spent an additional 40 minutes in police vehicles.

“I felt like I was in Mexico, or someplace third world . . where they force someone to their knees before they shoot them in the back of the head,” Alice said after the…

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