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Vacaville to pay $1.3M for deadly 2013 police shooting

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic, May 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD The city of Vacaville will pay out $1.3 million to the family of a man shot and killed by Vacaville police in 2013. The payment will bring to a close a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Sacramento involving the killing of Kendall Walker, 24, after a slow-speed police chase on the night of July 18, 2013. ... Police are trained to de-escalate situations. In this case Vacaville policeescalated the situation and needlessly killed a man, said Michael J. Haddad, the attorney for Walkers family. Haddad & Sherwin previously sued Vacaville for a 1997 police shooting that killed Doron Lifton. ... A jury in 2001 in a federal wrongful death lawsuit awarded Liftons family $1.2 million. Walker and Lifton both had long histories of mental illness. Its been nearly 15 years since the Lifton lawsuit and here we have thesame police department facing the same allegations, Haddad said. Hopefully this will now force the department to update its training.

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