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$1.35 Million Settlement in Fatal California Police Shooting

California’s Alameda County has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit that claimed police were liable for killing a bystander to a confrontation with police for $1.35 million.

Officers David Taylor and Tara Russell responded to a Dublin house on August 11, 2005, regarding a domestic dispute, which comprised of an argument and a woman’s scream. When the officers entered the house, they saw Kwand Tae Lee, 61, with a knife in his hand trying to get into a bedroom.

When Lee refused to drop the knife, the officers shot him to death. One of the bullets went through the door, striking Lee’s brother-in-law in the head. Several days later, Richard Kim, 49, died at a hospital.

On August 8, 2008, Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors agreed to settled the Kim estate’s lawsuit for $1.35 million. Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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