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Excessive Force Upon California Grandmother Results in $250,000 Settlement

Los Angeles County paid $250,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging deputies used excessive force during the April 11, 2012, arrest of Marguerite Boyd.  Deputies responded to her residence upon receiving a call from her grandson stating she threatened to shoot him.

Upon their arrival, Boyd exited the residence from the front door.  A deputy requested she turn around to be searched for weapons.  She complied, “but began to resist his attempt to search her”.  That resulted in a violent struggle and force to overcome her struggle.  Boyd was arrested and a loaded .38 caliber revolver was found in her bedroom. 

Prior the December 16, 2014 settlement recommendation, the county spent $30,145 on attorney’s fees and $2,969 in costs.  Boyd was represented by the law offices of Garrotto & Garrotto.  See: Boyd v. County of Los Angeles, USDC, District California, Case No CV-13-00838.

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Boyd v. County of Los Angeles