HOMER, La. – A $125,000 settlement has been approved for the family of a 73-year-old black man shot and killed by a white policeman in a small Louisiana town.
The Times of Shreveport reports that Monday night's vote by the Homer Board of Selectmen ends a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow and four children of Bernard Monroe Sr. He was shot and killed by Officer Tim Cox on Feb. 20, 2009, as police chased one of Monroe's sons through his house.
Cox and Officer Joseph Henry resigned about five months later.
The shooting outraged many in the rural town of 3,800 in northwest Louisiana. Police said Monroe was armed, but witnesses said he just had a water bottle under one arm.
A grand jury declined in January to indict either officer.