Attorney files claim against city for $500,000 over October shooting
By André Coleman 04/30/2014
A man shot by a Pasadena police officer in October has filed a $500,000 claim for damages alleging excessive force, false imprisonment, battery, negligence and failure to summon medical assistance.
According to authorities, Paris Deshawn Holloway was shot shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 11 near the King’s Village apartment complex in Northwest Pasadena. Holloway fled after being contacted by Officer Bartman Horn and allegedly brandished a weapon at the end of a foot pursuit, authorities said.
The officer responded by shooting Holloway, who was later taken to Huntington Hospital, where doctors operated to repair a collapsed lung. A bullet particle lodged in his spine.
“At all relevant times, Mr. Holloway did not pose an immediate risk of death or serious bodily injury to any person,” according to the claim, which states Holloway was shot in the back and suffers severe physical injuries as a result of being shot, including permanent paralysis.
The claim was filed April 14 by attorney Dale Galipo. Galipo also represents Anya Slaughter, the mother of Kendrec McDade. McDade was shot and killed on March 24, 2012 by two Pasadena police officers. McDade was unarmed.
Galipo did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story.
Shortly after the shooting, local residents questioned Holloway’s treatment. One King’s Villages resident who did not wish to be named told the Weekly shortly after the incident that Holloway was handcuffed after he was shot. The witness also said that paramedics seemed to take a long time getting to the scene.
Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra confirmed that Holloway was handcuffed after the shooting, adding officers have to make sure that a suspect cannot reach his or her initial weapon or a secondary firearm.
Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said that paramedics arrived within minutes after getting the call. According to Derderian, the call came in at 9:59 a.m. Units arrived at 10:01 a.m. Holloway was en route to Huntington Hospital at 10:16 a.m.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. Holloway has been charged with assault with a firearm on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition, receiving stolen property and possession of a smoking device.