LA County pays $2m to settle deputy force suits

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(AP) – Los Angeles County will pay nearly $2 million to settle lawsuits over use of force by sheriff’s deputies, including a deadly shooting. City News Service says the Board of Supervisors approved the payouts on Tuesday.

A $900,000 settlement was approved in connection with the 2009 killing of 36-year-old Darrick Collins, who was shot during a chase because a deputy thought he had a gun. Collins was unarmed.

The other suits also involved 2009 incidents. In one, a woman injured during a fight with a deputy claimed she was arrested with excessive force and without probable cause. In the other, a man said he was injured during his arrest by deputies responding to reports of cockfighting and illegal drug use.

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