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City settles lawsuit with family of Brandon Jones, unarmed teen shot and killed by Cleveland officer

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 10:25:53-05

The City of Cleveland settled a lawsuit Thursday with the family of Brandon Jones, an unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by police in March of 2015.

The city and Jones' family reached a settlement of $910,000 after a marathon of mediation, according to the family's attorney Paul Cristallo.

Following the settlement, Jones' family released a statement:

On behalf of Brandon’s mother Tanya, and his entire family, we’re pleased to have resolved this matter. It has been a long and hard fought journey, but this settlement represents some justice and brings closure. Most importantly, we are thankful for everyone’s love, support and prayers.  

Investigators said Jones broke into and stole from a Parkwood Avenue store on March 19, 2015. Cleveland police officer Alan Buford shot and killed Jones as officers tried to arrest the 18-year-old, who was unarmed at the time, according to police.

According to an eyewitness, officer Buford and Greg King apprehended Jones almost immediately after he walked out of the store.

Buford, who was fired for violating the department's use of force policy was given his job back in October. He was charged with negligent homicide following the shooting, but a judge found him not guilty of the charge.