OAKLAND (AP) — The city of Oakland will pay half a million dollars to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the parents of a teenage boy shot to death by police officers.
Jose Luis Buenrostro was killed on March 2008. Police say gang unit officers shot the 15-year-old Buenrostro when he pointed a sawed-off riffle at them.
But in the U.S. District Court lawsuit settled Tuesday, the youth’s parents argue that Sgt. Randy Brandwood and Officers Eric Milina and Robert Roche stopped their son and shot him without cause. Roche has been involved in two other fatal shootings.
The Buenrostro family’s attorney said the teenager had a weapon in his possession, but was raising his hands when he was killed. He claims the police overreacted.
Police say the teenager had ties to a gang.
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