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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 03:28 PM
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2.45 million settlement for mistaken shootings by California cops
Edited on Tue Mar-23-10 03:28 PM by Liberal_in_LA
these men weren't even suspects. They were just driving down the street. Cops heard gunfire and fired wildly. 3 shot, one died

Inglewood to pay $2.45 million to settle claim in 2008 police shooting death
March 23, 2010 | 12:14 pm


Inglewood will pay $2.45 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought the families of three men who were shot, one of them fatally, by police officers who mistakenly believed gunfire was coming from the vehicle the three were riding in, according to a tentative settlement.

Michael Byoune died from his wounds, and driver Larry White and passenger Chris Larkin were injured in the shooting by Inglewood officers on May 11, 2008 (Mother's Day) outside a Rally's restaurant. Jacqueline Seabrooks, chief of the 190-member police department, described the incident at the time as "a very tragic outcome."

Carl Douglas, an attorney representing the victims and their families, said he was pleased by the settlement, adding that it brought "some measure of justice" to the victims. "Three young men who had done absolutely nothing wrong had their lives changed forever," he said.

"No amount of money will ever bring back Michael Byoune to his family, but hopefully, through his death, the city will make changes that will help all of the citizens of our community," Douglas said. "For that reason, his death will not be in vain."

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A Times investigation, published more than two months before the federal inquiry began, found that Inglewood officers repeatedly resorted to physical or deadly force against unarmed suspects. According to law enforcement records reviewed by The Times, Inglewood police shot and killed 11 people, five of them unarmed, between 2003 and 2009.


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/03/inglewood...
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