Police Shooting

Excessive force claimed when 7 officers respond to vandalism call. Wrongful shooting death. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Intoxicated man, unarmed, provokes police with broomsticks and rocks. Nonlethal-force options were deployed, but one officer ends up shooting him.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Unarmed robbery suspect shot by Culver City police. Minor children awarded $8.8 million. Los Angeles County.

An unarmed robbery suspect is shot by a Culver City police officer.  Other officers on the scene did not perceive the suspect as a threat. $8.8 million awarded by Federal jury.  

  • Case Name: Kandace Simplis, et al. v. Culver City Police Department, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Boy, 15, holding toy gun is shot in Palmdale by LA County sheriff's deputy. $1.1 million award. Los Angeles County.

A 15-year-old boy playing cops and robbers on his bicycle with friends in Palmdale was shot by a sheriff's deputy after he allegedly pointed the toy gun at two officers. 

  • Case Name: William Fetters v. County of Los Angeles and Deputy Scott Sorrow
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LAPD officer shoots 13-year-old boy playing with pellet gun after dark. $19.2 million net award. Los Angeles County.

13-year-old boy with pellet gun is shot by LAPD officer on street after dark.  Circumstances of shooting are disputed.  Quadriplegia. $19.2 million net after contributory negligence. 

$8.75 million verdict in L.A. Sheriff excessive force/wrongful death case. Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, in an unmarked car, pursued plaintiffs' decedent as a DUI/robbery suspect. When decedent's car crashed, he was surrounded by multiple sheriff's cars. Decedent backed his vehicle into a sheriff's car and deputies opened fire, killing him.

  • Case Name: Montalvo v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 19, 2012