Civil Rights Lawyer Abe George Settles Wrongful Death of Rafael Laureano Against NYPD & City of New York for $1.6 Million
New York, N.Y., June 22, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Former Prosecutor, and Current Civil Rights Attorney Abe George has championed a $1.6 million settlement for the family of a man that was shot and killed by the NYPD.
According to a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York, in September of 2014, NYPD officers told Rafael Laureano they needed his help in breaking down an apartment door so they could get a crazed ex-boyfriend attacking a woman and her young children inside a Brooklyn apartment. The woman, a friend of Laureano, had locked herself in the bathroom, but the assailant, Francisco Carvajal, was using knives to chop into the bathroom door.
When Laureano, a 51-year-old father of four, busted through the front door Carvajal, 47, came at him and police. Initial reports stated that Laureano was killed by Carvajal but the Medical Examiner later revealed that a police bullet actually caused his death. The police shot 18 times — with nine bullets hitting Carvajal and one striking Laureano in the back of the neck.
Abe George, the lawyer for the Laureano family, stated his clients opted to settle after years of litigation when learning that their father's shooting was not intentional.
“I am sure Mr. Laureano would be happy to know that through his sacrifice his children will be able to use the settlement money to enrich their lives and follow their dreams,” George said.
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Source: Law Offices of Abe George, P.C.