Denver approves nearly $1M settlement in police shooting

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 23:04:12-04

DENVER (AP) — Denver city councilors have approved a nearly $1 million settlement with the family of a teenager who was shot and killed by police while driving a stolen car toward an officer in 2015.

The proposed settlement in the January 2015 of Jessica Hernandez was announced by city officials last week. City councilors voted unanimously to approve it Monday without comment.

The shooting came shortly after the officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.

The Denver Post reports that the $999,999 settlement is among the highest recently paid by Denver but dwarfed by earlier payouts for police or jail incidents. In 2014, the city paid $6 million to the family of Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher who died after a struggle with jail deputies.

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