$1.5 Million Recovery for Parents and Daughter of Man Shot in Back by Police
$1.5 Million recovery for the parents and baby daughter of a 20 year old man shot in the back by an Oakland police sergeant, with two previous shootings. Several witnesses saw the officer shoot the young man in the back when the man had nothing in his hands. A broken gun was found in the young man's pocket by another officer, however the shooter tried to claim that he found the gun, giving him the justification to kill. The young man's daughter will be financially supported by this substantial settlement.
- $1.5 million settlement OK'd in officer-involved death Oakland Tribune, September 23, 2009. The City Council on Tuesday night approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by police two years ago. Gary King Jr. was fatally shot by police Sgt. Pat Gonzales during an altercation Sept. 20, 2007. The city maintained Gonzales believed King had been reaching for a gun, but the killing prompted public outcry from people who believed King was wrongfully killed. The family sued in 2008.
Oakland mayor calls for increased police training, civilian oversight to reduce shootings
Thomas Peele, Oakland Tribune, May 3, 2013
OAKLAND -- Renewing her call for increased oversight of the police, Mayor Jean Quan on Thursday said better training, an updated computer system and a civilian watchdog similar to San Jose's would help Oakland address a troubling number of officer-involved shootings. The mayor's comments came in response to an investigation by this newspaper, published Thursday, that highlighted a history of questionable police shootings in Oakland and a culture of failing to thoroughly investigate them. ... The newspaper's extensive review of police reports, district attorney's files, civil lawsuits and news accounts of police shootings since 2000 found police fired on people at least 117 times, killing 39. ... The newspaper also reviewed new documents that raised questions about the department's internal affairs investigation into the 2007 shooting death of Gary King Jr. Last week, almost six years after the shooting, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office finally released a report, clearing Sgt. Patrick Gonzales of any wrongdoing. On Thursday, Michael Haddad, an attorney who sued the city on behalf of King's family, said the $1.5 million settlement was a "tacit admission" of flaws in the internal affairs investigation and called on District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to re-examine evidence he uncovered.
Shooting Was Unlawful, Lawsuit Against City Alleges
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune, May 9, 2008
The family of 20-year-old Gary King Jr., who was killed by a police officer last year, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, saying the use of deadly force against him was unjustified and unlawful. No amount has been specified in the lawsuit, but attorney Michael Haddad, who is representing the family, said he expected it to be a multimillion-dollar claim.