Cities and counties opposite a nation have paid millions in new years to settle lawsuits filed by families of people killed or mistreated by police.
The latest large payout — this time to a family of Sandra Bland, a black lady found passed in a Texas jail dungeon after getting pulled over for a slight trade stop — was announced last week. Here’s a demeanour during her case and a few others staid within a final 5 months, that supplement adult to some-more than $17 million.
Sandra Bland: $1.9 million
Waller County, Texas
What happened: Three days after her Jul 10, 2015, detain following a slight trade stop in a tiny city northwest of Houston, Bland was found unresolved by a cosmetic bag in her jail cell. Dash-cam video from a arrest, that went viral, prisoner an evidence between Bland, 28, who was black, and Brian T. Encinia, the white Texas state trooper who shouted, “I will light we up!” before impediment her. Bland’s death has been ruled a self-murder — a anticipating doubtful by her family and polite rights activists.
The aftermath: In January, a grand jury indicted Encinia on perjury charges after final that he had lied about because he private Bland from a car during a trade stop. Encinia, who was fired, has pleaded not guilty.
The settlement: The agreement, which ends a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Bland’s kin opposite Waller County, also requires a county to have a helper or puncture medical technician during a county jail during all shifts. The county denies any indiscretion in Bland’s death.
Philip Coleman: $4.95 million
What happened: After his Dec 12, 2012, detain on guess of aggressive his mother, Philip Coleman spent a night in a holding dungeon during a military station. The subsequent morning — in an communication prisoner on video — Coleman got into an evidence with several officers and was repelled with a Taser. One of the jailers can afterwards be seen dragging Coleman’s limp, handcuffed physique out of a cell.
He was taken to a sanatorium where, according to his autopsy, he died after reacting to an anti-psychotic drug. His body, a autopsy found, was lonesome in bruises.
The aftermath: Chicago’s military slip group final month called for suspensions trimming from 28 days to 120 days for 6 military dialect employees concerned in a incident.
The settlement: The city certified no indiscretion underneath a agreement authorized in a spring.
Tamir Rice: $6 million
What happened: In Nov 2014, Cleveland military got a 911 call about someone brandishing a pistol — the weapon, a tourist said, was “probably fake.” Soon following — in an occurrence prisoner on camera — a cruiser pulled into a park and, within seconds, Tamir Rice, 12, slumped to a ground. The murdering of Tamir, who was black, by a white officer became a rallying cry in a Black Lives Matter movement.
The aftermath: Half a year after a shooting, Cleveland and a U.S. Department of Justice, which had progressing resolved that a military force had a allotment of regulating nonessential force, agreed to a allotment requiring the dialect to change a use-of-force policy. In December, a grand jury motionless not to accuse a Cleveland officer who killed Tamir. Last week, 150 miles divided in Columbus, military shot and killed a 13-year-old carrying a BB gun.
The settlement: The city resolved in Aug to compensate $6 million — half of it this year, a other half subsequent year — to settle a lawsuit filed by Tamir’s estate opposite a city and a officers concerned in Tamir’s death.
Akai Gurley: $4.5 million
New York City
What happened: On Nov. 20, 2014, a rookie cop dismissed his gun into a dim stairwell in a Brooklyn housing project. The bullet ricocheted off a wall before trenchant a heart of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man.
The aftermath: Former New York Police Officer Peter Liang, who is Chinese American, was convicted of murdering in Feb and after condemned to 5 years’ probation. The murdering and self-assurance — the initial of an NYPD officer for an on-duty genocide in some-more than a decade — drew ardent cries of racial misapplication from both a African American and Asian American communities.
The settlement: Under a agreement, that was described by a orator for a city’s law dialect as “a satisfactory fortitude of a comfortless matter,” Liang will compensate $25,000 to Gurley’s family. The city is profitable $4.1 million and a New York Housing Authority is profitable $400,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.