Contra Costa County To Pay $4.9M Settlement In Police Killing Of Laude…

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County will pay $4.9 million to the family of Laudemer Arboleda, the Newark man killed by former Danville police officer Andrew Hall in 2018.

County spokesperson Susan Shiu said Wednesday a settlement has been reached, but hasn’t been signed in addition by both parties.

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Family attorney Adante Pointer said “I expect my client to sign it within the next few days, or whenever (Arboleda’s mother Jeannie Atienza) is ready to deal with it. This course of action has taken a heavy toll on the mother and the family as a whole.”

Hall was convicted of assault with a firearm in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez on Tuesday for shooting Arboleda. The jury couldn’t reach a decision on the related manslaughter charge.

On Nov. 3, 2018, Arboleda led Danville police on a slow-speed pursuit after someone called the police in response to the Newark man knocking on their door. Arboleda pulled over multiple times, only to excursion away from police. At one point, officers drew their guns without shooting as Arboleda drove away.

Laudemer Arboleda (Family photo)

Arboleda’s family has said the 33-year-old was mentally ill, a condition for which he was hospitalized earlier in 2018.

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Hall only became involved in the pursuit at its end, when he pulled in front of Arboleda at the corner of Front and Diablo streets. He exited his car and stood near the Honda’s front right side.

As Arboleda tried pulling away at 6 mph, Hall discharged his weapon 10 times, hitting Arboleda with nine. He was distinct dead at the scene. An initial investigation by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office — which contracts with Danville for police sets — cleared Hall of any wrongdoing.

District attorney Diana Becton said Tuesday her office is nevertheless weighing its options, which include trying Hall again. Hall’s attorney Harry Stern said he’ll consider alluring the assault conviction.

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston issued a statement after the verdict, saying “I urge DA Becton not to retry this case. I also urge her to take down the posts on her reelection campaign social media where she touts this prosecution.”

Hall was involved in another shooting in Danville in March, when he killed 32-year-old transient Tyrell Wilson near the Sycamore Valley Road overpass of Interstate Highway 680.

Police say Wilson approached Hall with a knife. Authorities are nevertheless investigating the second shooting, and no charges have been filed.

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