Seattle pays $500,000 to settle wrongful death suit over CHOP shooting

Jun 10, 2022, 4:39 PM | Updated: 4:40 pm

Photo by Toby Scott...

Photo by Toby Scott

The city of Seattle has settled with the father of the 19-year-old man killed near the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) paying him $500,000.

Horace Anderson, the father of Lorenzo Anderson, who was killed, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, saying that when the police left the East Precinct during the BLM protests in 2020, they were negligent in their duties of ensuring public safety, and responsible for the death of his son.

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In an interview with Jason Rantz, Mark Lindquist is representing Anderson’s mother Donnitta Sinclair in a separate and ongoing lawsuit commented on the issues that they believe caused the unnecessary death of her son.

“We’re suing the city of Seattle, we’re focused on two of the mistakes, in particular, the city made a number one, the city abandoned the East Precinct and the surrounding area. Number two, the city had no plan to deliver essential services into this abandoned area,” Lindquist said. “When the city abandoned the area, it was foreseeable trouble would follow and the city had no plan to deal with that trouble.”

After medical personnel was delayed in responding to the shooting due to the policy for scenes of violence to be cleared by law enforcement, Anderson was treated by civilian medics before being transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The lawsuit claims that Anderson would have survived his gunshot wound if he had been able to receive immediate, professional medical attention.

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Seattle pays $500,000 to settle wrongful death suit over CHOP shooting