The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot seven times by Sacramento police officers last year and whose death prompted California to change its use-of-force law, reached a $2.4 million settlement this week with the capital city, court filings show.
The money will go to Mr. Clark’s two sons, ages 2 and 5, in three lump sums starting when they turn 22, according to the settlement, which was approved on Tuesday by a Federal District Court judge in Sacramento. The sons will receive just under $900,000 each once lawyer fees are deducted from the settlement.
The settlement came after negotiations between Sacramento and Mr. Clark’s family, which had filed a $20 million wrongful-death lawsuit in January against the city and the two officers involved in the shooting, which occurred in the backyard of Mr. Clark’s grandparents.
The officers, Terrence Mercadal and J ared Robinet , did not face criminal prosecution for their actions on March 18, 2018, when they were dispatched to the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento to investigate reports of a person smashing car windows.