Family of mentally ill man executed by deputies to receive $3.3 million

The family of unarmed schizophrenic man killed by deputies will receive $3.3 million in settlement.

John Leonard Berry, 31, was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies outside his home on July 6, 2015, after they responded to a call about a person experiencing mental health issues.

Berry drove up unannounced to his family’s home one day two summers ago. He’d been fired from his job at a pizza parlor and had been getting little sleep — not a healthy scenario for someone diagnosed with schizophrenia who appeared to be off his medication.

So when Berry’s brother, a sworn law enforcement officer, called the local Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in Lakewood, he requested a mental evaluation team to try to calm Berry down and transport him to medical care.

Instead, deputies shot Berry 18 times.

Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $3.3-million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Berry’s mother and other family members.

Prosecutors decided last year not to file any charges against the deputies.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: LA Times


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