LA City Council Approves $2 Million Lawsuit Settlement in Shooting on Skid Row

August 21, 2018 - 9:18 am
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(KNX 1070)  - The Los Angeles City Council has approved a nearly $2 million legal settlement stemming from the Skid Row shooting death of a mentally ill man from Cameroon.

The shooting in 2015 was caught on police body camera,  making it one of the first police shootings in the city with body camera evidence.

The shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang,  received national attention after video of the incident posted on social media by a bystander went viral and also after recorded body camera video worn by two of the officers was publicly released. The Council voted 10-1 to approve a $1.9 million settlement for the family of Keunang. 

It was one of the first police shootings in the city with body camera evidence.

Other video of the shooting went viral. The man's mom filed the lawsuit.

The officers involved were never criminally charged but a federal jury did find two of them liable for financial damages.

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