Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Denver to Pay $900K to SWAT Victim's Family

In one of the rare cases a city holds itself accountable for the reckless actions of its police officers, the City of Denver is paying nearly a million dollars to settle a claim against them for killing an innocent man in his bed:

The Denver City Council approved a $900,000 settlement to the family of Frank Lobato.

July 11th, 2004, Denver police went into a home searching for a suspect, but ended up shooting and killing the 64-year-old man while he lay in his bed unarmed.
This is not one of those moments you can celebrate as a victory, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

A related note: a nice write-up in Minnesota about Radley's work on SWAT raids here.

No comments: