San Francisco has reached a settlement in federal court with the parents of a Guatemalan immigrant who police shot and killed in the Mission District nearly three years ago.
The parents of Amilcar Perez Lopez, 20, filed a federal civil lawsuit against San Francisco after two plainclothes officers shot their son in the back on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Police Chief Greg Suhr, who resigned amid mounting pressure over police shootings in May 2016, said Perez-Lopez lunged at the officers with a knife.
The case drew scrutiny from community members months before the shooting of Mario Woods in December 2015 prompted widespread police reform in the San Francisco Police Department. But the District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges for the shooting against officers Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe in April 2017.
On Friday, the City Attorney’s Office reached a settlement with attorneys for Juan Perez and Margarita Lopez Perez, according to court records. The lawsuit claimed police used excessive force against Perez Lopez.
“We have reached a tentative settlement that contemplates dismissal of the entire lawsuit and no admission of wrongdoing,” said John Cote, a spokesperson for the City Attorney’s Office.
Cote said the SFPD and the Board of Supervisors still have to approve the terms of the agreement and the details of the settlement “are not public at this time.”
An attorney for the parents was not immediately available for comment.
The lawsuit was filed in April 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland.