The family of a homeless man shot to death in May 2015 by a Los Angeles Police Department officer in Venice has reached a $4 million settlement agreement with the city, the family’s attorney said Friday.Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles and the family of Brandon Glenn reached the agreement two weeks ago and District Judge Manuel L. Real dismissed the case next day, said James DeSimone, who represents relatives of Glenn. The deal is tentative pending approval of the City Council.
DeSimone told City News Service he filed two cases against the city, one in state court and one in federal court. The federal case in Real’s court was filed on behalf of Glenn’s mother, Sheryn Camprone, and the state case was filed on behalf of Glenn’s 4-year-old son, Avery Glenn.
The agreement in federal court is a “global settlement” that should bring both cases to a close, DeSimone said, and a hearing is set for Dec. 16 in front of a state judge to seek approval of the deal, which will grant $2 million to Camprone and $2 million to Avery Glenn.
When Real dismissed the lawsuit he ruled the parties could come back to court in 60 days if the settlement was not finalized in that time, DeSimone said.
“I am in close contact with Sheryn and this has been devastating on her, and for the son, who very much knows that his father is deceased and now knows was shot and killed by a police officer,” DeSimone said.
“This is something that sticks with them each and every day and that they will never get over, but the settlement does bring at least some sense of closure and acknowledgment by the city of Los Angeles that its officer engaged in wrongdoing.”
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer sent a letter to the City Council on Thursday with the request that it hold a closed-door meeting to discuss a possible settlement in the case. Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for Feuer, said his office would have no comment because the settlement is not finalized until it is approved by the City Council.
Glenn was shot May 5, 2015, by Officer Clifford Proctor, and was unarmed at the time. Proctor said he thought Glenn was reaching for his partner’s gun, but in April the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled the shooting was unjustified.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also recommended in December that Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey file charges against Proctor, calling the shooting a “criminal act.”
Lacey’s office has yet to make a determination on if it will file charges against Proctor. Los Angeles County prosecutors have not charged a law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting in 15 years.
LAPD investigators concluded that Glenn was on his stomach when Proctor stepped back and fired twice, hitting the 29-year-old in the back. Beck also wrote in a report to the commission that there was no evidence to independently show there was a “perception that a deadly threat was present.”
Beck’s stance caused a strain between himself and the police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The union’s Jaime McBride said in January that Beck’s comments on the case were “nothing short of political grandstanding.”
— City News Service
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