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Family of student slain in police shooting settles lawsuits

November 27, 2017
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a Hofstra University student killed by police while being used as a human shield in a 2013 shooting has settled lawsuits for $4.5 million.

The Nassau County Legislature on Monday voted to approve the payouts to the family of Andrea Rebello. The 21-year-old from Tarrytown, New York, was fatally shot by a police officer during a botched off-campus home invasion. The gunman, who also was killed, had the woman in a headlock.

Prosecutors found no wrongdoing by the police officer.

The vote by lawmakers ends a wrongful-death lawsuit against the county and its police force and a federal civil rights suit.

County Attorney Carnell Foskey says the settlement resolves "a difficult and awful tragedy."

Rebello family attorney David Roth confirmed the settlement, but declined additional comment.

 
 
 

 

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