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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Federal Court: New Civil Trial For Cop Shooting That Sparked Anaheim Riots

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision in yet another Anaheim police shooting case. A three-judge panel unanimously ordered a new civil trial yesterday in reviving the wrongful death lawsuit for Manuel Diaz, a 25-year-old unarmed man shot dead by Anaheim officer Nick Bennallack on July 21, 2012. The killing sparked unrest and riots in the city that summer. Circuit judges concluded that a federal jury heard inflammatory and irrelevant evidence when deciding against excessive force claims during the previous trial in 2014.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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