The following CNN crime news video contains an interview with Angel and Jennifer Mendez. 3 years ago, they were shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. Jennifer was pregnant at the time. They have now been awarded millions after filing a suit that accused the cops and the department of excessive force and violating their 4th Amendment rights. This video was added to the CNN website on August 18, 2013. KTLA is the original source.
Watching this video does not definitely answer the question of whether police used excessive force in this case. What is clear is that there was a BB gun that looked like it could be a real gun. What is not clear from this story is whether Angel brandished the gun in a manner that would have caused the cops to reasonably fear for their lives.
According to the New York Daily News, a federal judge awarded $3.8 million to the Mendez couple, based on violations of their 4th Amendment rights. This refers to their right against unreasonable searches and seizures. It apparently comes from the fact that the police barged in on the Mendez couple’s shack without any warning whatsoever. So it seems that there is misleading reporting here. The award of almost $4 million is not for being shot. It is for violating the 4th Amendment.