$1M Settlement in Police Shooting in Colorado Capital

April 20, 2017

City councilors in Denver, Colo. 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 reported 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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