A federal court jury has awarded $33.5 million in damages to the parents of a man who was fatally shot by a Southern California sheriff’s deputy in November 2015.
The jury found that the San Bernardino County deputy unreasonably detained 29-year-old Nathanael Pickett, delayed medical aid and was negligent in use of deadly force.
The jury award included $15.5 million in compensatory damages and $18 million in punitive damages.
The shooting occurred outside a motel in Barstow.
The county claimed Pickett assaulted Deputy Kyle Woods but plaintiffs’ attorney Dale K. Galipo contended the account was made up.
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