San Francisco Police Commission
to consider settlement to accidental shooting victim
By Adam Martin, Bay City News
March 8, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
will commence its 5:30 p.m. meeting today with a closed session
to confer with the city attorney regarding an out of-court settlement
for a boy who was accidentally shot by a police officer.
In March 2000, San Francisco police Officer Julian Ng fired a
shot that hit Maximilian Castro, then 11, in the knee, shattering
part of his kneecap. Ng was aiming for one of the Castro family's
dogs, which was attacking his partner Jennifer Dorantes, but the
bullet ricocheted and struck Castro.
The city paid almost $1 million as a settlement in 2001, according
to Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, whose law firm represented
"There was a settlement that year but there was a portion
that wasn't final because of the condition of Max's knee was unknown,''
Veronese said today.
The 2001 settlement included a clause that required the city
to pay for future medical expenses having to do with Castro's
Tonight, the Police Commission and the city attorney will decide
whether to approve the payment.
Veronese said he has recused himself from the case because of
a conflict of interest.
After Police Commission approval, the settlement will most likely
go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval. The only
reason it would not go before the board, Veronese said, is if
the amount to be paid is less than $35,000.
Also tonight, the chief's report is expected to include an update
on the progress the department has made toward instituting an
early warning system aimed at identifying potential discipline
problems within the department. Police Chief Heather Fong and
Capt. Charles Keohane agreed in February to present the commission
with a draft of the early warning system sometime in April.
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