Victims of LAPD shootings sometimes win large legal settlements or jury verdicts against the city — even when the Police Commission has ruled that the officers acted properly. One reason: The commission often does not have all the facts. Here are 15 shootings the panel found "in policy" that later resulted in legal payments of $500,000 or more. In each case, the commission based its ruling on an investigative summary from the LAPD that omitted key information.

Jan. 22, 1986



Victim: Javier Perez, 28, shot and killed in the parking lot of a Van Nuys condominium complex.

Police account: Perez, suspected in a hit-and-run accident, swung a baseball bat at an off-duty officer.

Plaintiff's account: The officer beat the unarmed Perez with the butt of his gun, then shot him repeatedly while the suspect was on his knees.

Missing from LAPD summary: The angle at which bullets entered Perez's body contradicted the officer's account.

Commission ruling: In policy.

Legal payout: $630,000.

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Nov. 6, 1987



Victim: Adelaido Altamirano, 41, a Los Angeles Coliseum groundskeeper, shot and paralyzed from the waist down.

Police account: Altamirano pointed a gun at an off-duty officer.

Plaintiff's account: Altamirano brandished a gun to fend off a mugger. The officer shot without warning.

Missing from LAPD summary: The path of the bullet through Altamirano's body showed he was not pointing his gun at the officer when he was shot.

Commission ruling: In policy.

Legal payout: $5.5 million.

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