Feb 2, 2016

Richmond has agreed to a legal settlement with the family of Richard “Pedie” Perez, who was fatally shot by a police officer on Sept. 14, 2014, according to a city statement.

The Contra Costa Times reports the family will receive $850,000 in the settlement.

The city has not admitted to fault or liability, but said in the statement Tuesday that it has settled the family’s civil lawsuit “to avoid the costs associated with further litigation and/or a trial of this matter.”

Two investigations — one done by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the other by independent investigator J.P. Badel — both cleared Officer Wallace Jensen of criminal charges in connection with Perez’s death, which occurred outside Uncle Sam’s Liquors at 3222 Cutting Blvd.

But the family and supporters continue to demand justice for Pedie, who was unarmed when Jensen shot him three times. They dispute Officer Jensen’s claim that a highly intoxicated Perez tried to grab his gun during a struggle outside the liquor store. Perez had resisted orders to sit on the curb prior to the tussle, police said.

According to the Times, the settlement will not end the family’s pursuit of criminal charges against Jensen. Read Rick Perez’s statements to the Times here.

Perez was the first person killed by a Richmond police officer since 2007. His death has sparked a number of protests and has also led to proposals to change protocol on the Richmond Police Commission.

After Pedie’s death, the city purchased body cameras to record officer encounters with citizens. The city says it is “committed to remaining on the cutting edge of technology, training and strategies to prevent use of force in the field.”


  1. Blood money!!! Drunk, high and stupid gets family a pay day….only in America! !

    John Spartan | Feb 7th, 2016
  2. John Spartan is simply: a TROLL…or a TROLL who is a family-member, or a friend of Richmond Police Department’s Officer: KILLER-COP Wallace Jensen. He has written his ‘comments’ on several articles that are about the KILLING of Pedie. Keep writing your ‘special kind of writing’. What is the value of John Spartan’s sick LIFE? 3 rotten peanuts, at best.

    Patricia Perez | Feb 9th, 2016
  3. This is to the spineless classless idiot. That continues to make horrific immature valueless statements regarding my nephew . PEDIE god bless him cause he was the kind of human being that would even forgive a troll like you slandering him. I can’t say he would appreciate one bit you ever disrespect his parents or grandparents or actually anyone he would have probably felt sorry for you an tried to help you if he could an diffently forgave you. As far as you slandering an talking garbage about my family I am here on earth an I don’t appreciate some classless loser that I’m sure was a whinner bed wetting lil sissy that probably can’t even get a date. So go talk smack an whine to someone .Apparently you must be a backdoor reject that couldn’t make the cut either. How dare u disrespect my nephew an family. Shut your ugly mouth . God don’t like ugly !! So I no you certainly won’t ever meet PEDIE.

    Jenine Ball | Feb 12th, 2016

About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.