The Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay more than $8 million to settle lawsuits stemming from the fatal police shootings of three unarmed men. The settlements are among the highest paid by the city for deadly police shootings in the last decade, the Los Angeles Times reports. Two of the shootings thrust the LAPD into a firestorm of criticism: the spring 2015 killing of Brendon Glenn and the 2011 shooting of Reginald Doucet Jr., a former college football player. Glenn’s family agreed to settle their case for $4 million; Doucet’s, for $1.65 million. The third shooting, which left 35-year-old Sergio Navas dead after a car chase, drew less public attention but raised questions among some within the LAPD. His family will receive $2.5 million from the city.
Councilman Paul Koretz called the spate of payouts from shootings by officers “very distressing.” “It seemed for years that we had a better relationship with the community. We weren’t having fights over whether shootings were in policy or out of policy,” he said. “It seems like we’re going in the wrong direction, and it appears that police departments across the country are having the same problem.” Much of the national criticism of police, stirred by a list of controversial shootings, has centered on how officers interact with African Americans. Two of the men killed in the shootings settled yesterday — Glenn and Doucet — were black, as are the officers who shot them. The civilian board overseeing the LAPD has directed the department to find ways to reduce the number of police shootings by revamping department rules, revising training and emphasizing the use of less-lethal devices.