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Family of unarmed man killed by police settles for $13 mil

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SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Lakewood, Washington, its police chief and two officers have agreed to pay the family of an unarmed black man $13 million who was killed as he clutched his 4-year-old son following a four-hour standoff.

The Seattle Times reports the payment would settle a wrongful-death and civil-rights lawsuit stemming from the 2013 SWAT-team sniper-death of Leonard Thomas.

In 2017 a unanimous verdict by a jury in U.S. District Court in Seattle found the cities of Lakewood, Fife and members of the Pierce County Metro SWAT team committed 14 separate civil-rights violations that night.

The panel had singled out Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro - then an assistant chief - and Lakewood officers Sgt. Brian Markert and Mike Wiley for punitive damages totaling $6.5 million, finding their actions were particularly egregious and led to Thomas' unnecessary death.

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