$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 waswrongfully killed. The family sued in 2008.