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LA County to pay nearly $2M for sheriff's use-of-force lawsuits

Thursday, August 02, 2012
Darrick Collins was fatally shot by an L.A. County Sheriffs deputy in 2009.

Darrick Collins was fatally shot by an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy in 2009. (KABC Photo)

Los Angeles County will pay almost $2 million to settle lawsuits involving use of force by sheriff's deputies.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the payouts on Tuesday, including $900 ,000 in the case of a fatal shooting in Athens in 2009.

Darrick Collins, 36, a father of two, was fatally shot in the back by a deputy who at first mistook him for a robbery suspect, and then mistakenly thought he was reaching for a weapon. Collins was unarmed.

The other suits also involved 2009 incidents. In one, a woman injured during a fight with a deputy claimed she was arrested with excessive force and without probable cause. In the other, a man said he was injured during his arrest by deputies responding to reports of cockfighting and illegal drug use.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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