Jury Returns $2.5 Million in Wrongful Death

In 2006 18-year old Lukus Glenn was shot to death by officers in Oregon.  He was standing outside his parents home with a knife, threatening to kill himself.  Rather than use a tazer or other non-lethal force, the officers at the scene opted to fire a beanbag round first, then open fire when Lukus appeared unfazed by the round.  During the encounter, his parents pleaded with the 9-1-1 operator, “Please don’t let them shoot him.”  At trial, the prosecution focused heavily on the fact that none of the officers attempted to use a Tazer, despite being trained on its use.  The defense attempted to bring up Lukus’ habit of getting drunk and disorderly, but the judge ruled that that evidence was not relevant.  After 10 days of testimony, the jury returned with a verdict finding the deputies guilty, awarding 2.5 million to the grieving couple.