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Family of Mack "Jody" Woodfox III to get $650,000 for murder by OPD Officer Hector Jimenez
City of Oakland settles with family of slain man
AP, 07/08/2009 12:11:05 PM PDT
OAKLAND, Calif.—The city of Oakland has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer.
At a closed meeting Tuesday, City Council members passed the city attorney's recommendation to settle with the family of Mack "Jody" Woodfox III for $650,000.
Former Oakland Police Officer Hector Jimenez shot 27-year-old Woodfox in the back on July 25, 2008, as he ran from his car after being pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving.
Jimenez was fired last month for violating the police department's use-of-force policies. His attorney, Justin Buffington, says Woodfox was running toward another officer and Jimenez believed he was acting reasonably to prevent harm to a fellow police officer.