Jury awards $21M to family of pregnant teen shot by police

Jun 25, 2022, 12:37 AM | Updated: 12:45 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury awarded $21 million to the family of a pregnant teen who was shot and killed by undercover police officers in Northern California five years ago, attorneys said.

Elena Mondragon was a passenger in a BMW pulling out of a Hayward apartment complex when an unmarked van filled with Fremont police officers tried to cut it off in March 2017, according to a complaint filed by the teen’s family. At the time, Fremont police said the BMW’s driver, who was apparently wanted by police, had rammed the car into the van.

Police opened fire and fatally wounded Mondragon, who was a passenger. She was 16 and in her first trimester of pregnancy.

Her family’s civil rights and wrongful death complaint described the killing as “a botched covert arrest operation,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The jury’s decision on Friday was “a tremendous verdict for the family,” said plaintiffs’ attorney John Burris.

Burris said the jury decided to split culpability between the man driving the car and the officers, so that the city of Fremont will likely supply about $10 million of the award.

Fremont officials did not immediately comment on the jury’s decision.

In 2018, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office concluded that the fatal police shooting was justified.

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Jury awards $21M to family of pregnant teen shot by police