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‘We’re Not Done’: Concord Settles Police Shooting Case For $1.2 Million

CONCORD — As part of a settlement agreement approved this week, the city will pay $1.2 million to the family of a 21-year-old Antioch man shot and killed by two officers in 2013.

The agreement, approved by the Concord City Council during a closed session on Tuesday, comes weeks before a lawsuit by the family of Charles Burns was scheduled to go to trial. The suit alleged officers killed Burns “intentionally and maliciously” while he was attempting to surrender, by shooting him and mauling him with a police dog.

An attorney for the officers, Noah Blechman, said the settlement will be paid for through the city of Concord’s insurance plan, and that “it was in the best interest of the city and the officers to resolve the litigation at this point, to avoid the further cost of litigation.”

“The city and our office believed strongly in our defenses in the case, and believed in the lawfulness and appropriateness of the actions of the involved officers,” Blechman said…Read More