#LAPD execution of a citizen carrying a broom costs taxpayers $2 million

A federal jury found that a Los Angeles police officer used excessive force when he fatally shot a citizen in the back, awarding the dead man’s family $2 million, according to court records and attorneys involved in the case.

The jurors this week awarded $1.5 million to the man’s mother, Maria Delores Ramirez, and an additional $500,000 to the family of the deceased for the fatal 2014 shooting, officials said.

Police responded to calls of vandalism and trespassing in a Lake Balboa neighborhood, officials said. Officers encountered Ramirez with a broom.

Apparently the broom cause officer to “fear for their lives” so they executed Ramirez.

“My client was shot in the back and killed by the LAPD when he was only carrying a broomstick,” said attorney Shane Hapuarachy.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

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