Settlement Reached in Vanessa Marquez Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The city of South Pasadena, California has reached a settlement on the unlawful death lawsuit filed by the family of actress Vanessa Marquez, who was shot and killed by police at her home in 2018.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Marquez 'mother Delia McElfresh and the City of South Pasadena agreed on an amount of $ 450,000 "to save the parties the cost of lengthy litigation," South Pasadena mayor Diana Mahmud told the Times. Most of the cost of the settlement and litigation will come from the South Pasadena risk pool. All claims in the lawsuit - including unlawful entry, excessive force, violation of due process and improper detention - will also be dismissed without prejudice under the settlement.
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Marquez, best known for her recurring role on the television show "ER," was shot dead during a wellness check after police believed she was brandishing a gun. Police officers were called to the scene by paramedics who were first alerted by one of their friends to check on Marquez. Marquez had a seizure upon arrival and refused to be taken to the hospital. About 90 minutes after police entered their home, Marquez pointed a BB gun at them, which resulted in the shooting.
McElfresh filed the lawsuit against the city of South Pasadena, as well as the city's former police chief and officers involved, in August 2020, alleging police caused the confrontation by ignoring Marquez paramedics' permission to refuse transportation to a hospital .
The lawsuit alleged that “Ms. Marquez was shot dead when she was not facing officers, when the officers were a safe distance from her and when there was no imminent danger of serious injury or death to the officers or anyone else. "
In March 2020, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office decided not to bring charges against two of the officers involved in the shooting because they believed Marquez posed an imminent threat to their safety.
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