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Police Shoot Escaped Youth

Norman, OK: (Apr-04-08) The family of 17-year-old Richard Lee Sanchez brought a lawsuit against the city of Norman, OK, after the teenager was shot and killed by Norman Police Officer Chad Vincent, after several alleged violent crimes and a high-speed chase on September 26, 2005. Records verify that the tort claim was lodged against the City of Norman, officer Vincent, by Leonard Sanchez, father of Richard Sanchez.

The suit stated that the shooting of Richard Sanchez occurred after he had escaped from the Alan J. Couch detention center, allegedly committed armed robbery of a convenience store and one of the store's customers, then stole a vehicle which started a high-speed chase that ended on Interstate 35 near Southeast 89th Street in south Oklahoma City. The shooting sparked several protests and criticism from several human rights organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League of United Latino American Citizens and the Hispanic Action Coalition, who stated that the officers used excessive force in the case.

The Norman Police Department stated that the officer used justifiable force and did not admit to any wrongdoing in the suit. As part of a tentative settlement reached, city officials stated that the council members will consider approving a $75,000 settlement to the family, resolving the allegations. [THE NORMAN TRANSCRIPT: COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SANCHEZ SETTLEMENT]

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Published on Apr-7-08


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