- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland City Council has voted to pay $75,000 to settle a wrongful death claim brought by the families of two men fatally shot by police.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://sfg.ly/1P8KHyg ) that Fletcher Jackson and John Sloan were shot and killed by Oakland police in 2011 after officers got a tip that a violent gang crime was about to happen.

Prosecutors say the men and a third companion were on their way to carry out a killing when police intervened. But civil rights attorney John Burris, who represented Jackson and Sloan, says the police used vague intelligence to justify a needless killing.

According to the lawsuit, Jackson was unarmed and shot while trying to flee. The lawsuit says Sloan had a gun and managed to run several yards before he was shot.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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