California city to pay $2M to family of man shot by police
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach will pay $2 million to the family of a mentally disabled man who was killed by police at an arcade three years ago.
Attorneys for the family of Mharloun Saycon announced Wednesday that the City Council had settled a civil rights lawsuit. The lawyers filed court papers in March to have the case dismissed.
Saycon was shot several times after police answered reports of a disturbance at Looff’s Lite-A-Line gaming parlor.
Officers said they shot the 39-year-old after he refused to drop a knife. His family argued that Saycon wasn’t a threat and alleged that police used excessive force and were ill-equipped to handle someone with a mental illness.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram says the city didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement.