FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Los Angeles Pays $15 Million to Settle Case of Teen Shot by Police While Brandishing Pellet Gun

August 13, 2015  | 

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to spend $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a teen who was paralyzed in a police shooting, struck with a single shot after an officer said he mistook a pellet gun for a real firearm.

Five years ago, 13-year-old Royahent Gomez Eriza was shot and wounded when police happened upon him and two friends playing on a dark Glassell Park street, the Los Angeles Times reports.

At the time, police officials said the officer believed the teenager was an adult man and was unable to see the orange tip of the pistol that reveals it as a replica. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck called the incident “a tragedy for all involved” and said the city had seen “far too much heartbreak involving these types of realistic guns that are labeled as toys.”

In the lawsuit, the teen and his mother alleged that the officer had drawn his weapon "without just and legal cause," disputing the police account of what happened.

Three years ago, a jury initially awarded $24 million to the teen in a civil suit, which was later reduced to $22 million, but the city filed an appeal against the decision.

Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Brad petersons @ 8/13/2015 7:06 PM

How sick it is to pay people pointing guns at police. Orange ends are being painted on real guns to make the police hesitate. City government needs to watch out for their police. An individual walking towards police with a gun after being told to drop the gun has decided what the officer needs to do. Shame on you government officials.


Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

New York Lawmaker Wants Parole Board Members who Freed Cop Killer Removed
Bell — one of three Black Liberation Army members who killed NYPD Officers Joseph...
Austin Police Ask Bomber to Talk to Them After Fourth Attack
“These events in Austin have garnered worldwide attention, and we assure you that we are...
Accused South Carolina Cop Killer Charged and Denied Bond
Christian McCall, 47, was booked into the Mecklenburg County, NC, jail Thursday morning...
Former Parkland High School SRO Wanted Accused School Shooter Involuntarily Committed in 2016
The documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz, which were obtained by The...
4 Arrested for Helping Kentucky Officer's Accused Killer
John Hall is charged with murdering Hamilton Tuesday night. He pleaded not guilty and is...

Police Magazine