The city of Los Angeles on Wednesday agreed to pay $15 million dollars to the family of a teenager paralyzed in 2010 when he was shot by a police officer who mistook a pellet gun the youth was holding for a real firearm.
Rohayent Gomez Eriza was 13 when he was struck by a single bullet while playing near his home with two friends, according to court documents.
His family filed a lawsuit in 2011, saying the teen was “subjected to excessive force” by police officer Victor Abarca in the form of a gunshot that left the boy with “serious and permanent physical and psychological injuries.”
The bullet stuck Gomez Eriza’s spinal cord, rendering him paralyzed from the chest down and unable to care for himself or work, according to court documents.
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