SAN FRANCISCO – The family of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and tragically killed by a San Francisco police officer on June 5, 2012, has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit claims officer Joshua Cabillo was motivated by prejudice when he shot Derrick Gaines, who was African-American.
Cabillo was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by San Mateo County prosecutors revealed Gaines was shot in the back of the head as Cabillo tried to detain him. According to investigators, Cabillo shot Gaines after he reached for a gun.
Holding Negligent Parties Accountable
Following the tragic loss of a loved one in an incident such as this one, the victim’s family members may have many unanswered questions. Who is responsible for the death of a loved one? How can surviving family members hold the at-fault party accountable?
A caring and experienced California wrongful death lawyer at Estey Bomberger can provide answers and options to grieving family members, so please contact our office today to arrange a free case consultation. With our help, surviving family members can make sure the at-fault party or entity is held accountable and also obtain funds for the many expenses associated with the loss of a loved one, such as funeral and burial costs, final medical bills, loss of victim’s future earnings, loss of love, loss of companionship, and loss of support.
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