Anaheim Settles Civil Suit for Caesar Cruz, Man Killed By Anaheim PD, With $175,000 Payout
After battling for years, the family of Caesar Ray Cruz finally received a settlement from the city of Anaheim for his death at the hands of the Anaheim Police Department. Officer gunfire claimed the life of the 35-year-old on December 11, 2009. The wrongful death lawsuit filed afterward had been dismissed before being revived by the Nine Circuit Court of Appeals last year. The city admits no wrongdoing in making the payment to family members last week but that doesn't stop Theresa Smith, Caesar's mother, from feeling that they did her son wrong. "I'm disgusted that, although there's no price on human life, they would think that his life, or even that of his children, is worth so little," Smith tells the Weekly. "The amount given to his children was so minimal that it wouldn't even take care of them for a year."
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