Riverside County has agreed to pay nearly $7 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after a sheriff’s deputy was accused of killing a Coachella man during a jealous rage in a love triangle.
INDIO – A federal court jury awarded the parents of 23-year-old Alejandro Rendon, who was fatally shot by police in 2013, $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Indio, The ruling against Officer Alex Franco and the city was delivered Wednesday, following a six-day civil rights trial in Riverside in U.S. Central District Court, according to court documents obtained by The Desert Sun.its chief of police and a veteran police officer.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The family of a young man who was killed by police three months ago has filed a federal lawsuit against Indio, Calif., claiming an officer shot the man without justification and deleted video footage to hide his wrongdoing. The lawsuit alleges that the shooting of Sammy Villarreal was captured by both security cameras and a camera phone, but that Indio police officers seized the recordings and erased the footage. The suit is now the third ongoing lawsuit alleging excessive force by Indio police.
SETTLED for 2.2 MILLION.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—After deliberating over most of three days—and at one point saying they couldn’t reach a verdict—jurors acquitted two Hells Angels bikers of attempted murder for a 2006 gunfight that injured rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club members.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound receiver had spent the last two nights in a federal Loop jail on charges he accepted a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent posing as a drug supplier. As marshals escorted him into court, Hurd looked briefly toward the packed benches in the gallery, where his wife, Stacee, leaned forward, tears welling in her eyes. He then turned to face the judge, his hands tucked behind his back.
Defense attorneys Brett Greenfield and David Kenner, who have represented Hells Angels in many criminal cases, have said Bradley’s membership in the Hells Angels is not in question.
James A. Bradley, 49, a general contractor, has pleaded not guilty to criminal threats, possession of anabolic steroids and criminal gang allegations, court records show. Bradley, who has been free on bond, was indicted by a grand jury in 2011.