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

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

August 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
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.