County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting

Abby Sewell / LA Times
February 18, 2015

la county sheriff shootingLos Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.5-million settlement with the family of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in Watts.

The deputy, who later faced criminal charges in connection with a separate incident, fatally shot 22-year-old Arturo Cabrales in March of 2012.

According to a written account by county officials, gang enforcement deputies stopped Cabrales and two friends on suspicion of drinking in public. They described Cabrales as “immediately uncooperative and hostile.” Deputies said Cabrales tried to deny them access to his home by closing the gate and when a deputy pursued him, Cabrales drew a gun.

The lawsuit filed against the county by Cabrales’ family alleged that Deputy Anthony Paez shot Cabrales in the back without a warning. They said Cabrales was unarmed and that he was not given proper medical attention at the scene. They also argued that the deputies violated Cabrales’ civil rights by trying to enter his home without a warrant or probable cause.

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