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$2M Settlement for Georgia Teenager Shot in Back of Head by Police Officer

In August 2016, Fulton County, Georgia agreed to pay $2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of DeAnthony Cunningham, who was 16 years old in 2011 when a police officer shot him in the back of the head while he was on his knees with his hands in the air.

Cpl. Benjamin W. Griggs, the officer who shot Cunningham, is still a police officer in Fulton County. Cunningham, meanwhile, has undergone 18 surgeries, relearned to walk and to speak, and amassed over $1 million in medical bills.

Record 1.6M Settlement for Mentally Ill Victim of Police Shooting in Texas

On Tuesday, September 22, the Dallas City Council approved a civil settlement in the amount of $1.6 million for Bobby Bennett, who in 2013 was shot in the stomach by Dallas police officer Cardan Spencer. The settlement is reportedly the largest the city has ever paid to a single litigant naming the police department as a defendant.

Settlement of $1.6M in Los Angeles Men's Central Jail Suicide Suit

On September 1, Los Angeles County approved a $1.6M settlement to be paid to the family of Austin Losorelli, 23, who committed suicide in the Men's Central Jail in 2013. Despite their awareness of his history of mental illness and attempted suicide, jail mental health workers and other staff repeatedly failed to place him in appropriate mental health housing; he was instead placed in a single-man cell, where he hung himself. His suicide was one of 10 at the jail in 2013 alone.

NYC Agrees to $2.75 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death of Man Being Held at Rikers Island

New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the December 2012 death of a man being held at Rikers Island after he suffered “blunt force trauma” to the head. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.

The settlement is one of the largest paid by the city in recent years to resolve a lawsuit alleging violence against an inmate. It also comes at a time of heightened focus on violence in city jails.

Corrections to pay $740,000 in inmate’s death

The WA state Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $740,000 to the family of an inmate who died in custody after suffering from a painful and treatable illness. Ricardo Mejia, 26, died in 2011 after developing flesh-eating bacteria so severe that it eventually forced doctors to remove his rectum. State records show that he complained for weeks beforehand with no avail.