Los Angeles County California Sheriff's Department
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2019 Death of Rickie Starks
On October 28, 2019, Starks' family sued the county in state court, claiming that the deputies were negligent in pursuing and firing on the vehicle during the chase, causing Starks' death.
On February 11, 2021, a judge ruled that the officers were not negligent, as their use of force was reasonable. The judge relied on the theory of transferred intent, not qualified immunity.
On June 25, 2021, the family appealed the judge's ruling in federal court, also claiming that the officers intentionally fired at Starks and the shooting was a rite of initiation for a police gang. Note that the judge in the opinion cites the date as May 25, 2021, which does not match the records retrieved from the court.
On October 28, 2021, the District Attorney determined that the deputies "acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others, and that Starks was not struck by deputy gunfire".
In December 2022, the family's lawsuit was assigned to mediation and the records were sealed.
- Rogelio Benzor J, Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County, govSalaries
- Starks v. Cnty. of L. A. Opinion, U.S. District Court, 2022-01-18
- Fatal Officer Involved Shooting of Rickie Starks, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, 2021-10-28
- Mary Starks v. County of Los Angeles et al 2:21-cv-05209, U.S. District Court