Updated 3 p.m. Wednesday
The family of Laudemer Arboleda has received a $4.9 million settlement from Contra Costa County and the town of Danville. The settlement was announced Wednesday, a day after a jury convicted a Contra Costa sheriff's deputy of felony assault for fatally shooting Arboleda nearly three years ago.
John Burris, one of the lawyers for Arboleda's family, said the county’s board of supervisors agreed to settle the family’s wrongful death lawsuit earlier this month while Hall’s trial was underway, but opted not to discuss that decision publicly during the trial.
The lawsuit named as defendants the town of Danville, the County of Contra Costa and Andrew Hall, the officer who shot Arboleda nine times while he was slowly driving away from police.
“I hope the message this sends is that the public will hold police accountable for police misconduct,” said Burris. “And that cities and counties have some responsibility to train their officers in such a way that they do not use deadly force under circumstances where it is unnecessary.”
Original post, 5:15 p.m. Tuesday
After two days of deliberating, a jury on Tuesday convicted Contra Costa Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Hall of assault with a firearm in the 2018 fatal shooting of an unarmed man — the first felony conviction of a law enforcement officer in the county for an on-duty shooting.
The jury, however, was unable to reach a verdict on the more serious voluntary manslaughter charge against Hall in the death of 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda, who was driving slowly in his Honda sedan when the officer shot him nine times in the East Bay suburb of Danville.
Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Terri Mockler declared a mistrial on the manslaughter charge after the jury foreperson said the jury was “hopelessly deadlocked.”
“Today’s guilty verdict holds accountable defendant Andrew Hall for his excessive use of force in the fatal shooting of Laudemer Arboleda," Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement. "Deputy Hall’s actions were not only a crime, but they tarnished the badge and they harmed the reputation of all the good, hard working police officers that work for our community. My Office extends our condolences to the family of Mr. Arboleda. With regards to the voluntary manslaughter count, we will take the matter under review to determine the appropriate next steps.”