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.”
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