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Jury awards $1.7 million in fatal police shooting of autistic man
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By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2011

A federal jury Wednesday awarded $1.7 million to the parents of an autistic man killed by a Los Angeles police officer.

Joseph Cruz, who was later fired from the LAPD for dishonesty in an unrelated case, killed Mohammad Usman Chaudhry early on a March morning in 2008. Cruz and his partner had encountered the 21-year-old man laying in the bushes alongside a Hollywood apartment building. Cruz has insisted that Chaudhry tried to attack him with a knife and that he fired his gun in self-defense.

Chaudhry's parents filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Lawyers for the family presented evidence that called into question Cruz's account of the shooting. DNA testing on the knife Cruz claimed that Chaudhry used, for example, showed no evidence he had handled the weapon. On Monday, the jury found unanimously that the ex-officer had used excessive force and acted in "a reckless, oppressive or malicious manner."

John Franklin, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, declined to comment on the verdict or whether the city would appeal. Peter J. Ferguson, who represented Cruz, did not return a call for comment.

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