Family of Woman Killed by LAPD in Baldwin Hills Files $10M Claim Against City

We’re not against the police.  We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).

The family of Redel Jones, 30, who was killed on August 12, 2015 when officers from LAPD’s Southwest Division responded to a “211 Suspect Just Left” radio call has filed a $10 million claim against the city of Los Angeles for wrongful death and more.  The claim is being filed on behalf of her children, husband and father.

 

According to a copy of a 24-Hour Chief-of-Police Occurrence Log by the Force Investigation Division that I obtained back then, on August 12, 2015 at around 1:43 p.m., the LAPD’s Southwest Division says that it responded to a “211 Suspect Just Left” radio call at the Stocker RX pharmacy located at 3750 Santa Rosalia Drive.  The call indicated that the suspect was wearing a purple scarf and carrying a large knife. Officers located Ms. Jones on Santo Tomas Drive and Marlton and began to chase her through the alley.  According to the LAPD’s internal narrative, Ms. Jones kept running and armed herself with the knife.  They say she turned towards them at one point causing one of the officers to use a TASER.  The Department says that the TASER had no effect on Ms. Jones who then charged at the officers and that’s when the officer-involved-shooting occurred.  The Department says that money and a demand note were found on Ms. Jones’ clothing.

The claim filed by Ms. Jones’ family reads in part:

Redel Jones Claim

 

Stay tuned because claims often turn into lawsuits as the city is usually unwillingly to settle in these types of situations.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Stay tuned because claims often turn into lawsuits as the city is usually unwillingly to settle in these types of situations.

    The City never settles, with one notable exception, the two newspaper delivery women whose truck was shot up by LAPD in the Dorner manhunt, and the amount was staggering. I am 100% POSTIVE it was settled out of court for a STAGGERING $4.2 million because the LA City Attorney at that time was Carmen Trutanich, and the attorney repping the woman was a good buddy of his…

  • cutty sark

    The City of L.A. is constantly negotiating settlements of personal injury claims against the LAPD. Of course, in most cases the settlement negotiations only become serious following a great expenditure of time and resources on pretrial discovery and hearings.
    $4.2 million ranks as a large settlement if it was paid out by L.A. County on a claim against the Sheriff Dept.
    But for the City of Los Angeles it probably falls in the mid-range or even low mid-range.
    Remember, the settlement covers injury to two plaintiffs. Not only was their truck lit up, but at least one of the occupants was shot through her back. That type of wound is quite often associated with recurring pain, discomfort and complications for the survivors lifetime.
    And try to envision the permanent psychological effects caused to the subjects of that unexpected attack by police. Nightmarish.
    Lastly, one duty of the person elected to the Office of City Attorney involves defending civil suits against the LAPD and negotiating settlement of claims when prudent and necessary.
    But not a dollar gets paid out until the City Council has voted to approve the deal.

  • First, I agree 100% that back injuries are worthy of a large settlement, but the City of LA 99% of the time will not settle even legit cases, including cases that are “prudent and necessary”. In fact most death claims settle for much less. The LAPD/City are paying out $10 million plus per year in unlawful use of force claims, going back 15 years.