CANTON — Two police-related settlements have pushed the city past this year's $116,000 budget for Law Department settlements and refunds.

As a result, Canton City Council on Monday agreed to move an additional $60,000 from the general fund to the Law Department.

The most recent lawsuit, settled earlier this year for $22,500, was filed in federal court by Tiffanie Miller. She alleged that Canton police officers Scott Jones, Andrew Russ, Michelle Kalabon and three unnamed officers violated her civil rights by using excessive force.

According to the lawsuit and police body cameras, Miller was a passenger in a car stopped in February 2016 after the driver failed to use a turn signal near Albert Avenue and 14th Street SE. The officer asks all three occupants to exit the car.

The driver then consented to a search, during which an officer found syringes and a spoon with residue in the back seat, where Miller had been seated. An officer tells Miller to turn around and, in response to her question of "why," eventually says she is being arrested for suspected heroin possession.

According to the lawsuit, an officer then punched and grabbed her throat, and officers pushed her against the front of their police vehicle. After attempting to handcuff Miller, they then brought her "face first" to the pavement, breaking her right wrist and cutting her forehead.

Police body camera videos show blood covering her face and the pavement. The lawsuit states the blood loss caused Miller to lose consciousness.

Kevin L'Hommedieu, chief counsel for the city, said the videos show Miller struggling against officers despite repeated warnings to stop. The police department's internal investigation determined the officers did not use excessive force to arrest Miller, and no disciplinary action was taken.

"We're confident that what the officers did was lawful," L'Hommedieu said.

Miller later said that she let the driver use the car in exchange for heroin, L'Hommedieu said, and she pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

Miller's attorneys declined to comment.

Another settlement cost the city $100,000 this year, according to recent council documents. John and Amber Carpenter, who were struck by a police SUV in 2014 while on a motorcycle, alleged that officer Jeffrey Spahr, who was cited for an improper lane change, acted negligently when turning to pursue another vehicle.

They described lasting injuries, medical expenses, loss of income and vehicle damage in a civil lawsuit filed in Stark County Court of Common Pleas. Canton City Council approved the settlement last fall, according to past reports.

Kelly Byer is a staff writer for The Canton Repository.