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Billings pays $550K to family of man killed by police

March 19, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The city of Billings has agreed to pay $550,000 to the family of a man killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in 2014.

The Billings Gazette reports the city released Tuesday the terms of the settlement agreement to 2016 lawsuit filed by the family of Richard Ramirez.

Under the agreement reached last month, the city and police do not admit to any liability for the shooting death.

Ramirez was a passenger in a car stopped by Officer Grant Morrison.

Morrison shot Ramirez, who was unarmed, after he did not comply with the officer’s orders to put up his hands. Ramirez was also a suspect in a robbery and shooting from the previous night.

A coroner’s jury in 2015 cleared Morrison of wrongdoing and ruled the shooting justified.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com