Kent to pay $4.4M to family of Black man police killed

KENT, Wash. (AP) — The city of Kent has agreed to pay $4.4 million to the family of Giovonn Joseph-McDade to settle a lawsuit saying police unnecessarily shot to death the 20-year-old after a brief pursuit and attempted traffic stop. The Seattle Times reports the family’s attorney Craig Sims confirmed the amount Wednesday and said the city also will install a memorial bench at the location of the shooting. In a statement the city, in a defended the officer’s actions as being legal and within department policy. It said the settlement “is a step in the right direction to bring closure to the family, the officers involved and the city as a whole.”