Police Abuse

Couple Awarded Millions After Los Angeles Deputies Shoot Them in Their Home

The cops didn't even have a warrant to enter


Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and then-District Attorney Steve Cooley believed the horrific, 2010 deputy-involved shooting of a Lancaster man holding a BB gun was totally legitimate, but yesterday U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled otherwise.

On Tuesday afternoon at the federal courthouse in downtown, Fitzgerald awarded $3.8 million to Angel Mendez, and $222,000 to his wife, Jennifer, for damages resulting from Fourth Amendment violations by two L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who shot the Mendezes in their makeshift home.

"I'm really happy," said Jennifer Mendez after the ruling. "Justice was served."