Anaheim is hit with legal claims

Police actions escalated tension and put bystanders in harm's way in the moments after officers shot and killed an unarmed man who had run from them, according to legal claims filed against the city.

Eight residents of Anna Drive filed claims, seeking $500,000 each for physical injuries, emotional trauma, violations of constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure and other damages. The claims were filed Friday and Tuesday, city officials said.


An officer-involved shooting on Anna Drive near La Palma Avenue in July left one man dead.

The city has 45 days to respond; if it denies the claims, the residents may file lawsuits.

"All claims will be seriously looked at," said Mayor Tom Tait, who had not seen the claims as of Tuesday.

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