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$1.5 Million Settlement in Los Angeles Deputies Fatal Shooting of Minor

The County of Los Angeles paid $1.5 Million to settle a lawsuit alleging sheriff’s deputies used excessive force on March 7, 2012, upon Arturo Cabrales, a minor, resulting in his death.

Deputies accosted Cabrales and two companions for drinking in public.  The companions cooperated in being detained, but Cabrales allegedly resisted.  Cabrales remained in the curtilage of his residence and denied deputy’s access by attempting to close the sliding gate on the fence encircling the residence.  He retreated further into the residence, and as a deputy approached him, Cabrales allegedly withdrew a firearm concealed on his person.  The deputy shot and killed him.

Prior to the February 4, 2013 settlement recommendation, the county spent $78,000 on attorney fees and $17,415 in costs. Cabrales’ estate was represented by attorney Andrew L. Ellis.  See: Cabrales v. County of Los Angeles, USDC, District of California, Case No CV 13-01370.

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Cabrales v. County of Los Angeles