DENVER (CBS4) – The City of Denver has agreed to pay the family of a teenager, shot and killed as she was trying to run down officers in a stolen vehicle, roughly $1 million.
There are also significant non-monetary commitments in the settlement. One of those will include a member of the Hernandez family serving on the committee that will advise the Denver Police Department as it reviews community comments on the department’s revised use of force policy.
Denver police officers shot and killed Jessica Hernandez, 17, in 2015 as she refused orders to stop.
“It is very painful for me because day-by-day, it’s difficult to know we don’t have her with us,” said Jessica’s mother Laura Rosales after the settlement was announced.
“The death of Jessica Hernandez was a tragedy but the collective resolution of this civil matter marks the beginning of our work to heal as a community,” said Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson.
The deadly shooting triggered a major policy change for the Denver Police Department concerning officers firing their weapons. Officers are no longer allowed to shoot at moving cars if the vehicle itself is the only thing considered a weapon.
City officials made the announcement about the settlement on Wednesday morning. Watch the entire news conference and family statement below.
“Jessica was a daughter of our community,” said the Hernandez family attorney. “She was a very good student and had good grades. She had a full future in front of her. There is not a day that goes by that her family does not remember Jessica.”
Denver Police Department officers Gabriel Jordan and Daniel Greene were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the case. They said Hernandez was accelerating the vehicle toward Officer Jordan when the officers opened fire.
As part of the settlement, all officers…