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A look at lawsuit settlements in fatal police encounters

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The children of Alton Sterling, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer during a struggle outside a convenience store, sued the city of Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

The wrongful death lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and said Sterling’s shooting happened because of poor police training and inadequate procedures. Officer Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times on July 5, 2016, outside a store where the 37-year-old Sterling was selling homemade CDs. The officer said Sterling was reaching for a gun in his pocket when he shot him.

The U.S. Department of Justice decided against filing charges. The state attorney general is investigating.

Several cities have agreed to million-dollar payouts in recent years in cases of killings by police.

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PHILANDO CASTILE: The Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony agreed to a nearly $3 million settlement with the mother of Castile, a black 32-year-old school cafeteria worker shot five times by Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop on July 6 after Castile informed him that he was carrying a gun.

MICHAEL BROWN: The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with the parents of Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson in 2014.

WALTER SCOTT: North Charleston, South Carolina, paid $6.5 million to Scott’s family. Scott, an unarmed, black man was killed by white police officer Michael T. Slager as Scott ran following a traffic stop in 2015.

FREDDIE GRAY: Baltimore reached a $6.4 million settlement with the parents of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a critical spinal injury in the back of a police transport van after his arrest in 2015. He died a week later.

ERIC GARNER: New York City reached a $5.9 million settlement with Garner’s family. He was an unarmed, black man who died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by a white police officer.

TAMIR RICE: Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to Tamir’s family. The 12-year-old boy had an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when a white officer shot him in 2014.

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