Chass’ family filed a federal lawsuit against Sonoma county, Sheriff Bill Cogbill and the two deputies, as their 17 years old son Jeremiah Chass was killed in 2007 by sheriff’s deputies.
County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle the lawsuit filed by the family.
The lawsuit claims wrongful death and civil rights violations, and alleging that the deputies used excessive force.
According to Pat Emery, the Santa Rosa attorney who represents the Chass family, the settlement is a “significant acknowledgment” by the county that the events leading up to the teen’s death were “excessive and unnecessary.”
Though it appears to be a relatively quiet ending to a stemming event that began shortly before 9 a.m. March 12, 2007, when Mark and Yvette Chass called 911 for help with their troubled son.
But, the case is likely to reverberate for years to come, as along with Jeremiah Chass’ death, nine people have already died in Sonoma County in encounters with police,
However, as per sheriff Cogbill the deputies’ actions were “legal and reasonable,” and that the county decided to settle the case for economic reasons. He also believed that the juries was not impartial. In addition Cogbill feels that this settlement allows the Chass family, the deputies involved, the community, and the department to move forward from this tragic incident.