Son of Black man fatally shot by California police to obtain $1.3 million in lawsuit settlement

The 8-year-old son of a Black man in California who was fatally shot by police in 2018, a dying that led to new policing legal guidelines, will obtain $1.3 million in a lawsuit settlement with the town of Gardena, his attorneys introduced.

Kenneth Ross Jr. was 25 when he was shot by police responding to calls a few man firing a weapon in a park on April, 11, 2018, Gardena Police mentioned on the time. 

Kenneth Ross Jr.Courtesy Fouzia Almarou

Gardena Police Officer Michael Robbins mentioned he “feared for his life,” believing Ross was reaching for a gun, and shot him twice. A handgun was recovered from the scene. 

The Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s workplace concluded in 2019 that Robbins acted in “lawful self-defense.” Robbins retired in 2020.

Attorneys Carl Douglas and Jamon Hicks, who represented Ross’ son, introduced the settlement Wednesday.

Hicks advised NBC Information the Gardena Police Division didn’t admit any wrongdoing within the case, nevertheless, “with a settlement quantity of greater than $1.3 million, we imagine that speaks volumes.”

Final month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, also referred to as SB2. The legislation decertifies legislation enforcement officers convicted for misconduct or severe crimes — corresponding to extreme power or demonstration of bias — and prevents them from transferring to completely different police departments. 

The household hailed the legislation as a serious victory in police accountability.

“At this time’s vote is proof that after we struggle, we win,” Fouzia Almarou, Ross’ mom, mentioned in a information launch on the time. “No mom ought to should stay with the sort of ache that I stay with daily. This Act offers us the flexibility to decertify cops who kill and abuse our folks.”

Hicks mentioned with the settlement and new legislation, “we’re enthusiastic about what the long run holds, and that Mr. Ross’s legacy will probably be. One which tragedy was changed into one thing optimistic.”

“We imagine it is a truthful settlement,” Hicks mentioned. “The settlement, together with SB2 that handed, we really feel that there’s going to be extra accountability for officers in California and their incapability to simply transfer from station to station and even division to division.”

“The household may be very grateful for the entire folks that stored his identify lively amongst the entire different tragic killings throughout the nation,” Hicks mentioned. “The household, the mom of his minor son may be very comfortable that folks didn’t hand over and overlook about Kenneth Ross.”

Ross’ mom and father additionally settled individually with the town for lesser quantities..

The town of Gardena and Gardena Police Division didn’t instantly reply to NBC Information’ request for remark.