Aurora will pay the largest settlement in the city’s history for the March 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black man by a city police officer, and its police department has made a series of changes to improve oversight of officer conduct in the wake of the case.
The family of Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant will receive $2.6 million for his death in an officer-involved shooting where no criminal charges were filed. The settlement also includes massive changes for the Aurora Police Department in an effort to improve community relations and better monitor police actions.
City officials held a news conference Monday to announce the settlement, which must be approved in probate court. They read from scripted statements and said they were bound by confidentiality agreements from making further comments.
The Carter-Vinzant family issued a statement through its attorneys, saying the family appreciated the city’s response to the tragedy. The family had hired the Rathod Mohamedbhai law firm after the shooting. No lawsuit was filed.