In the wake of the United States’ on-going struggle with police brutality, one Southern California family will receive a small form of compensation for the loss of their loved one, Jose de la Trinidad, who was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in Compton in 2012.
According to the Los Angles Times, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the family $5.3 million on Tuesday, ending the wrongful death lawsuit.
De la Trinidad had left his niece’s quinceañera with his brother when deputies tried to pull them over for speeding when a car chase ensued. De la Trinidad’s brother was driving.
His brother dropped De la Trinidad off before taking off again. That’s when the deputies opened fire.
“Deputies told investigators that they had seen the driver pass a handgun to the passenger before the chase began,” the report said. “Then when the passenger got out he crouched down and reached for his waistband, prompting them to shoot.”
However, as the report also notes, a witness had said otherwise—that De la Trinidad had put his hands on his head as asked.
De la Trinidad was also not carrying a gun.
He was married with two children.