A jury awarded nearly 4 million dollars to two Los Angeles cops who gunned down an unarmed, autistic black man in 2010.
Officer George Diego and Officer Allan Corrales filed a lawsuit against the department alleging discrimination after fatally shooting Steven Eugene Washington. According to the lawsuit, their restriction to desk duty after the incident was a retaliatory act of discrimination against the two Latino officers.
The jury awarded $1.9 million dollars to Diego and $2 million to Corrales.
Chief Charlie Beck says the men were placed on desk duty because of potential liability, not racism.
In 2010 the officers confronted Washington, who had an IQ of 40, because he was walking with a blank stare.
The Daily Beast reported on the story in 2014:
In the case of Steven Eugene Washington, nothing more than a blank stare made him a target for police bullets. Two Los Angeles Police Department officers, Allan Corrales and George Diego, fired on the 27-year-old man with autism on March 20, 2010. The officers saw Washington walking alone with a “blank stare,” according to the account of one of the cops given in an internal investigation report. They apparently took that as a sign of suspicious activity, even though that can be a hallmark of people on the autism spectrum. When Washington reached into his waistband, the LAPD officers shot him in the head. Washington, it turns out, was reaching for his cellphone.
After the shooting, Chief Beck ruled that both officers had acted reasonably. Both officers kept their jobs and now, the killing of an unarmed disabled black man has turned them both men into millionaires.