County to pay out $2.6 million in Greenfield man's wrongful death suit

Allison Gatlin, The Californian, August 20, 2013
Monterey County will pay out nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a 31-year-old Greenfield man killed two years ago during a SWAT raid on his house. The beneficiaries of the $2.6 million suit are the 4- and 5-year-old sons of Rogelio "Roger" Serrato Jr., whose two youngest children will ultimately receive more than $1 million apiece on their 18th birthdays. ... In July 2011, Lisa Magdeleno sought assistance from Oakland-based Haddad & Sherwin on behalf of her grandsons, then ages 2 and 3. ... Michael Haddad, an attorney for the boys, called the use of the flash-bang stun grenade "unnecessary and excessive." "This significant settlement underscores the seriousness of the Serrato family's horrific loss, he said. Theofficers' use of an explosive, incendiary weapon inside Roger Serrato's home, when they believed he was inside and posed no threat to anyone, was unnecessary and excessive."

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