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$4,000,000 Award Against LA County Sheriff for Wrongful Death Shooting

On November 20, 2002, Robert Mitchell, a black man recently released from prison, was shot dead by LA County Deputy Rick Manes after being mistakenly identified as a burglar.

Although directly contradicted by several eyewitness accounts, Manes asserted the shooting occurred following a chase and a struggle to arrest Mitchell, and only after Mitchell reached for a weapon. Mitchell was found to be unarmed.

Plaintiff's attorney, Dale K. Galipo of Woodland Hills, California, filed suit alleging negligence and excessive force, prevailing on both counts. On November 15, 2005, almost three years after the deadly shooting, a $4,000,000 judgment was awarded to Mitchell's estate. See: Mitchell v. LA County Sheriff, USDC, C.D. Cali.—LA, No. 2:03-8421; Source: Federal Jury Verdict Reporter, 2005.

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Mitchell v. LA County Sheriff

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