Contra Costa County must pay $ 4.9 million settlement for the murder of Arboleda | MCU Times

Contra Costa County must pay $ 4.9 million settlement for the murder of Arboleda

Contra Costa County reached a $ 4.9 million settlement with the family of Laudemer Arboleda, nearly three years after he was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy during a slow car chase through Danville, the family’s attorney said Wednesday.

The announcement comes a day after a Contra Costa County jury convicted Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Hall of assault with a firearm in Arboleda’s death while failing to reach a verdict in the more serious charge of manslaughter.

The verdict marked the first criminal conviction of a Contra Costa County law enforcement officer for a police shooting on guard.

The family’s attorney, John Burris, said the county supervisory board agreed to settle the family’s death lawsuit earlier this month during Hall’s trial.

“The settlement itself does not make anyone whole – certainly does not make the family whole,” Burris said. “The message it must send is that a human life is important and that if you take it wrongfully, which we believe, then a significant amount must be paid.”

Hall risks up to 17 years in prison when he is convicted in January for the shooting that happened on November 3, 2018, after deputies were called in to investigate a suspicious person who walked on people’s front yards and rang at least one doorbell.

A slow speed car chase followed through the streets of Danville. It ended about eight minutes later when Hall pulled in front of Arboleda’s car, stepped out and fired 10 shots at the vehicle, hitting Arboleda several times and killing him.

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