S.F. Approves $275K Settlement for Family of Man Shot by SFPD

The parents of Amilcar Perez-Lopez sued the city after two plainclothes police officers shot him in 2015.

Protesters cross the street while marching to City Hall during a rally held by the Justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez group on July 19, 2016. (Jessica Christian)

The door has officially closed on the fatal shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a $275,000 settlement filed by his parents, Juan Perez and Margarita Lopez Perez, who claim his death at the hands of two plainclothes police officers was a violation of civil rights.

Perez-Lopez was killed on Feb. 26, 2015, after Officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli responded to reports of a fight on Folsom and 24th streets. As it was nine months before SFPD adopted body-worn cameras, the details of the incident have long been up for debate, but based on an autopsy report conducted by the city, Perez-Lopez was shot six times — all in the back. Critics of SFPD have said that he did not understand their English commands, or recognize Tiffe and Reboli as officers, as they were not in uniform.

That lack of cameras was damning; District Attorney George Gascón declined to press charges against Tiffe and Reboli, claiming there was “insufficient evidence” to do so.

Nevertheless, City Attorney Dennis Herrera approved the settlement, under the condition that Perez-Lopez’s parents surrender the possibility of the case ever going to trial. 

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