‘They should have flagged me' testified officer who shot unarmed man

The released deposition details how the city and law enforcement agency came to a settlement with the victim.

The City of Jacksonville has reached a $1.9 million settlement with the family of an unarmed man killed by Jacksonville police in 2012, marking the end of a nearly five-year saga that was heading toward a potentially explosive court trial.

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The fallout from the shooting of Davinian Williams, who was black, was wide-ranging. It began with the ouster of Jeff Edwards, the white officer who fired the fatal shots and later won his job back through arbitration, only to resign from the force a year later. On Thursday, the chronicle ended in a personal apology from the sheriff to Williams’ family.

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In addition to the apology, the settlement is unusual in that it will not require approval by the Florida Legislature, which can be a major impediment to money won in civil rights legislation flowing to victims or those affected. The settlement must still be approved in court.

Read more on the Florida Times-Union.

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