Oakland to pay suspect shot by officer $1.2M

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 12:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 12:39 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland will pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a burglary suspect who was left a paraplegic after being shot by a police officer.

The Oakland City Council approved the payment to Charles Davis Jr. during a closed session Tuesday night.

Davis was suspected of burglarizing a church in 2007 when he was shot by the Oakland officer. Though Davis was unarmed, the officer said he mistook items that Davis was carrying from the church for a gun.

Rick Simons, Davis' attorney, says the money will be used the help the 49-year-old Davis with the "basic needs" of living as a paraplegic.

The settlement comes after the council voted on Sept. 22 to approve a $1.5 settlement payment to the family of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by an Oakland police officer in 2007.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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