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Oakland To Pay In 2 Police Misconduct Cases

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
The city of Oakland agreed Tuesday to pay $900,000 to resolve two separate police misconduct cases.

The city will pay $550,000 to a boy, identified only as L.S., who sued the city after he was shot in the back by Oakland police Officer Alan Leal in the backyard of a home on the 900 block of 107th Avenue in East Oakland in July 2007.

Police said the 15-year-old appeared to have put drugs in his mouth, run away, discarded a gun and was shot while apparently reaching for his waistband.

"We recognize that at some point, he was armed with a gun, but it was pretty clear that he did not have a gun at the time he was shot," said the teen's attorney, John Burris. "It's tragic that this young man was shot in the back and will have permanent scars."

L.S. admitted in Juvenile Court to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Barbara Parker, an assistant city attorney, said L.S. has undergone five surgeries and incurred $440,000 in medical costs.

In a separate case, the city agreed to pay $350,000 in attorney's fees over a suit in which officers were accused of unlawfully searching a home on the 1000 block of 55th Street where marijuana was being grown in September 2008. A federal jury awarded plaintiffs Novender Fleming and Victor Jones $37,500 last year.

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