Vacaville to pay $1.3 million in 2013 officer-involved shooting of mentally ill man

Ryan Chalk, Vacaville Reporter, May 4, 2015
The family of a mentally ill man shot and killed by Vacaville police in 2013 have reached a $1.3 million settlement with the city of Vacaville, attorneys announced Friday. The settlement comes in connection with the officer-involved shooting of 24-year-old Kendall Walker, of Fairfield. Walker was fatally shot by police after a slow speed pursuit in Vacaville on July 18, 2013, that escalated after officers were confronted by Walker who allegedly exited his vehicle wielding a hammer and a knife. The notice of settlement, according to Oakland civil rights attorney Michael J. Haddad, was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Walkers parents and his 7-year-old son, Haddad said, and named the city of Vacaville and members of the Vacaville Police Department as defendants. Haddad claimed that Walkers only crime that day was speeding, and officers pulled their guns on him withno justification during an earlier traffic stop. Further, officers were aware in advance that Walker suffered from mental illness. ... Haddad maintained that officers provoked the situation and wrongly applied the use of deadly force on a non-dangerous, mentally ill individual. His parents would gladly give back this money and more to have their son back, Haddad said.

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