$1.5m seems rather paltry to me.
Yeah he was an alcoholic and partially deaf, and native. So what of it.
I wonder if it would be more if the victim was black or Hispanic (only because their 'voices' seem to be louder and squeakier)
Here's the video if you forgot about the story:
YouTube - BirkActioncom Composite video of officer Ian Birk shooting of John T Williams
Ending one chapter of a shooting that jolted the Seattle Police Department, the city has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims brought by the family of John T. Williams, the First Nations woodcarver killed by a police officer.
The Aug. 30 shooting of Williams, a chronic street inebriate, was found to be unjustified by the Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board and led to the resignation of the officer, Ian Birk, earlier this year.
The agreement, announced Friday by the City Attorney's Office, followed a confidential mediation in which the city considered claims raised by Williams' mother and representatives of his estate.
No formal claim or lawsuit was filed by the family, although the family was prepared to file a federal suit.
City to pay $1.5 million to family of slain woodcarver | Seattle Times Mobile (external - login to view)