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Judge Clears LAPD SWAT In Toddler's Death

August 03, 2009  | 

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles by the mother of a 19-month-old toddler who was shot and killed by a bullet from SWAT officers during an attempted hostage rescue in 2005, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Judge Rolf Treu dismissed a case that was set to go to a jury this week, saying jurors could only reach the conclusion that SWAT officers acted reasonably.

The baby's father had used his daughter as a human shield, while delerious on alcohol and cocaine during an hours-long standoff in the office of his car dealership.

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Tags: SWAT Tactics, Hostage Situations


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