Riverside County Sheriff

Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

The agreement was reached in June to award Jewell Allen, the mother of Lamon Khiry Haslip, after she filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit against the county and the deputy.

Allen’s attorney, Brian Dunn, said the shooting represents “an abuse of power.”

“It’s one of the worst I’ve seen,” he said Wednesday.

The Dec. 28, 2012, shooting occurred after Haslip was approached by deputies responding to a report of several men brandishing a weapon and creating a disturbance, according to court documents and a statement issued at the time by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s officials said the first deputy to arrive at Fir Avenue was told the men fled in a vehicle. Haslip was inside a vehicle, which the caller identified as one involved in the earlier report, sheriff’s officials said.

The officer stopped the vehicle, and Haslip allegedly tried to run away, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The officer approached Haslip and placed him in handcuffs face-down on the ground, sheriff’s officials said.

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