Family Awarded $2.2M in Lawsuit Against LAPD for Excessive Force

A jury has awarded $2.2 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer — a shooting the police chief deemed justified and the district attorney declined to prosecute.

Christian Eaddy's cousin called police in 2013 to say the 26-year-old had stabbed himself and was wielding two knives.

Police say Eaddy was shot once when he advanced toward them with the blades.

The family's lawsuit claimed Eaddy was shot after he had turned away from officers.

A jury awarded the family $2.2 million on Tuesday but found the city liable for only $1.4 million. The panel concluded Eaddy was partly responsible for the incident.

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