LA agrees to pay $15 million to settle boy's police shooting

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Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:38 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit over the police shooting of a teenager who was holding a pellet gun.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1Nb8f5s ) says the City Council approved the settlement on Wednesday.

Royahent Gomez Eriza was 13 when he was shot and paralyzed in 2010 as he and friends played with the plastic pellet gun on a dark Glassell Park street.

The officer who shot him said he couldn't see the gun's orange tip that showed it was a toy.

The officer was cleared of wrongdoing but the teen and his family sued.

In 2012, a jury awarded $24 million but the city appealed.

An attorney for the teen and his mother, Arnoldo Casillas, says they decided to settle to avoid returning to trial.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/