City of Santa Clara pays $ 5 million settlement to family of man shot dead by police
SANTA CLARA, California – The city of Santa Clara has agreed to pay $ 5.3 million to settle a lawsuit for the fatal police shooting of an unarmed and mentally ill man in 2017.
The city admits no responsibility in accepting payment to the family of Jesus Geney-Montes, 24, who threatened to kill himself.
RELATED: Body Camera Video Posted During Fatal Santa Clara Shooting of 24-Year-Old Man
Santa Clara Police Officer Colin Stewart, who shot Geney-Montes, has been cleared of criminal responsibility by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Police were on their fifth call that day at the house where Geney-Montes lived with his mother and stepfather, Amanda and Richard Sommers. Authorities say he stabbed himself and threatened to shoot police.
At one point, Geney-Montes ran from his home by a trail.
Authorities said Stewart fired his Taser and then four shots from his gun when Geney-Montes charged him. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office cleared Stewart of any wrongdoing.
“I hope that in the future this will not happen again,” said family lawyer Fulvio Cajina. noting that the Santa Clara police have changed some of their policies regarding the way officers respond to calls involving people with mental disorders.
“We won’t be able to get Jesus back, but at least we hope this trial will prevent another future death under these kinds of circumstances,” Cajina said.
In a statement, Santa Clara city officials said in part: “The city recognizes the grief and continued loss of the Sommers family, and it is with sincere hope that the resolution of this matter will help the family. to cope with the loss of their son. . “
The officer firing the shots is still with the department and is now a sergeant.