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Taser mistake costs city $775K

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A fatal mistake more than a decade ago that prompted nationwide reevaluation of law-enforcement training was settled earlier this week, as the City of Madera agreed to pay $775,000 to the family of a man shot by a police officer who mistook her handgun for a Taser stun gun.

The settlement, reached Tuesday in Fresno court, closes the legal side of a tragic story when 24-year-old Everado Torres was shot once in the chest by Madera police officer Marcy Noriega — still employed with the department — while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, law-enforcement defense attorney Bruce Praet said.

“It was a tragic situation,” Praet said. “A tragic mistake that led to a very sad, unnecessary death.”

Thomas Brill, the third attorney to represent Torres’ family, said that the decision to settle 11 years after the death of their brother and son was a “difficult and emotional decision.” ...


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