Sacramento To Pay $5.2M In Police Taser Lawsuit

Sacramento will pay $5.2 million to the family of a man who was repeatedly shocked by police Tasers and left with severe brain damage, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.

The City Council voted in a closed-door session to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by the family of John Hernandez, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The settlement is believed to be the largest in the city's history, the paper said.

The city and the police officers involved "dispute liability" but agreed to settle to avoid a long and possibly costly trial, Sacramento City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood.

Hernandez, 34, appeared to be on drugs on March 6, 2017, when 911 callers reported he was acting strangely at a pharmacy, court documents indicated.

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