R. Scott Moxley last year brought us "The Execution of Andy Tran," which detailed how Garden Grove police officers used a Taser to kill a mentally disabled Vietnamese man who was complying with their commands.
Garden Grove settled the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the 32-year-old's family, but the city insisted the amount remain secret. The secret is out now: the family got $1.3 million.
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Moxley's column is about how cops at the scene fucked up in killing the man who was a stay-at-home dad of a 3-year-old due to a disability caused by schizophrenia. The police department then launched "a callous, six-figure cover-up campaign" that included smearing Tran as a violent drug user, burglar and troublemaker who brought about his own death. As Moxley reports, the Orange County Register dutifully reported the cops' version of events and smear campaign--and later failed to correct the record when many "facts" were proven to be false.
Here is the ironic part: It was the Register's public records request that just now resulted in the public discovery of the financial settlement reached last year.
Pray they got it right this time.