The “family assistance program” approved by the county board of supervisors this month will provide financial assistance and counselling. Board members said the program aimed to help those who had received “incomplete or contradictory information about the death of their loved ones.”
The agreement was reached in the case of Mario Woods, who was killed in 2015 when five police officers fired 27 bullets at him. Woods’ mother sued, saying police failed to use de-escalation tactics before resorting to lethal force.
The police department, working under the thumb of a federal consent decree and stiff competition from higher-paying jobs elsewhere, has dropped from 53 officers in 2014 to 39. The City Council hired another new police chief, this one from Georgia. The city is 68 percent black, but a white man remains the mayor.
A full federal appeals court rules 7-4 that a man who was with Michael Brown when he was killed in 2014 by a Ferguson police officer may not pursue a civil case against the officer, the city and its former police chief.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg met with the family members of Eric Logan, who was shot to death by a police officer Sunday morning who said he had broken into a car. Police chief Scott Ruszkowski said “the officer is sickened by this.”
A 2013 case in which an individual used a “self-defense” argument to justify shooting an officer who entered his home on a “no-knock warrant” was upheld by a jury. A TCR columnist says such cases illustrate the difficulty of assessing civilian responses in police use-of-force scenarios.
Mohamed Noor. a Somali American, apologized for shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a white, upper-middle-class dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, when she approached his squad car in the alley behind her home in 2017.
The family of Anthony Weber, a Los Angeles teenager who was killed last year after being chased by two sheriff’s deputies, will get a major settlement from Los Angeles County. The death did not lead to criminal charges against the deputies. The family has filed a civil suit.