The City of Anaheim has revealed it spent $1.55 million to settle a shooting case that occurred four years ago this week, according to the Orange County Register.
On Oct. 28, 2008, 20-year-old Julian Alexander was shot and killed outside his home when he apparently walked outside to investigate some noise.
Although the officer involved in the shooting was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, the family continued to pursue a civil lawsuit.
According to the Register, public records show that Anaheim made the payment to Julian Alexander’s widow, Renee Alexander, after he was shot and killed by an Anaheim police officer.
In addition to the substantial amount of money, the city paid Alexander’s parents an additional $50,000, including attorney fees.
The settlement highlighted the vulnerability to lawsuits that cities undergo even when officers are cleared of criminal wrongdoing.