Civil Rights

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