The Vacaville Police Department paid $1.3 million to avoid trial after their overly aggressive tactics escalated a situation with a mentally ill man. The police shot Kendall Walker, 24, when he exited his car with a hammer in his hand. Knowing that he was paranoid, the police had manufactured a pretextual traffic stop, held Kendall at gunpoint, then when Kendall slowly drove away, they pursued him, and intentionally twice crashed his car with a patrol car. Officers said they just wanted to talk with Kendall, because Kendall had “bothered” the daughter of a VPD member. Kendall’s case was brought by his parents and his seven year old son.
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