Apr 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Fresno settles 2 police shooting lawsuits for roughly $10 million

The city of Fresno, California has reached its second multi-million dollar settlement related to fatal police shootings in less than a month, ABC News reports.

The big picture: Saturday's $4.9 million settlement goes to the family of Isiah Murrietta-Golding, an unarmed 16-year-old who was shot in the back of the head by a police officer in 2017, per The Fresno Bee.

  • In early April, the city of Fresno agreed to pay a $4.4 million settlement to the family of 45-year-old Casimero “Shane” Casillas, who was shot by police in 2015.

What they're saying: “These are two very difficult cases that the council wants to bring closure to the families that acknowledges loss and allows the city to pursue other settlements,” Councilmember Miguel Arias told the Bee.

  • “I want to sincerely express our apologies and sympathies to the families. It’s my hope that the settlements allow the families to move forward.”

What's next: Arias added that city officials are looking to implement roughly two dozen police reform recommendations.

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