Los Angeles is poised to pay nearly $1.6 million to settle three lawsuits involving alleged wrongdoing by the Los Angeles Police Department, including a $1.15-million payout over the shooting of a man from an LAPD helicopter, reports the Los Angeles Times. Two of the lawsuits before the council Wednesday stemmed from fatal shootings by police. The mother of Anthony Soderberg sued the department over the killing of her son, who was shot to death by SWAT members after a long standoff at a Sunland home that he had broken into. City Council members also approved a $295,000 payout in a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. He was shot in 2016 after fleeing from a traffic stop in South L.A. In the third case, council members approved a payout of up to $145,000 to settle allegations that children were forced to punch each other at a “character-building camp” operated by the LAPD for kids 6 to 12.
The LAPD and the city are currently facing a mountain of lawsuits related to the handling of mass protests in the summer of 2020, including for its handling of arrestees and its use of hard foam projectiles, batons and other weapons against protesters. Over roughly the past 5½ years, Los Angeles paid out more than $245 million to resolve legal claims involving the Police Department—more than a third of the total amount of liability payouts for the city during that period.