The California Highway Patrol agreed to a wrongful death suit brought by the family of an 18 year old male, shot and killed by a CHP officer.
The shooting occurred following a high-speed chase and confrontation between the male and the officer.
In the first phase of the trial, already completed at the time of settlement, a federal jury awarded the family $4.6 million. The second phase of the trial, which would address the applicability of punitive damages, was scheduled to begin at a later date.
Although the jury found the officer and the CHP liable for the death, the officer was cleared in a criminal investigation and is still a CHP officer.
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