Council approves $4M settlement in unarmed man police shooting
The Chicago city council approves a settlement for more than $4 million dollars today after an unarmed man was killed by a police officer two years ago.
29-year-old Flint Farmer was shot by police in the West Englewood neighborhood on June 7th 2011.
The officer who fired the shots is 31-year-old Officer Gildardo Sierra, who told investigators he thought farmer had a gun.
Farmer was only holding a cellphone.
The family protested and demanded charges. The Chicago Police Dept claimed the shooting was justified. Officer Sierra was never charged but he was stripped of his police powers.
Today the city council approved a $4.1 million dollar settlement for Farmer’s family.
Farmer’s father, Emmett calls the shooting an ‘execution’ and says he believes officer sierra will be charged eventually.
Emmett Farmer says a good portion of the money will go to a trust fund for flint farmer’s daughter.