As reported by ABC7 News, Partner Rodney Diggs obtained a $9.8 million verdict on behalf of the family of a mentally ill woman who was shot seven times and killed by two Long Beach police officers.
This verdict represents the largest jury verdict awarded against the City of Long Beach arising out of a police shooting, and the second largest verdict granted by a jury in the Central District of California in a police shooting case.
On January 25, 2017, two Long Beach police officers responded to complaints that a local woman was threatening civilians on the street with a knife. The officers believed the woman to be transient, and possibly suffering a mental illness, and demanded that she put the knife down. When she refused to drop the knife, the officers shot her seven times and she died instantly.
“They tried to apprehend [the victim], but what they did instead was take her life when they should have tried to help her,” said Rodney in his interview with ABC7.