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Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of the City of Santa Ana in Federal Civil Rights Case

The United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting summary judgment in favor of the City of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Police Department Officer Tyler Liggett in a federal civil rights action entitled A.B., et al. v. City of Santa Ana, et al.  The case arose out of an incident wherein Officer Liggett used deadly force against a suspect who was armed with a knife and ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon.  The decedent’s family brought suit against the City of Santa Ana and Officer Liggett under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments alleging that the deadly shooting was unreasonable and amounted to excessive force.  The federal district court found that the shooting was reasonable under the circumstances and dismissed the case with prejudice before trial.  The City of Santa Ana was represented by Steven J. Rothans, Mark D. Rutter and Danielle C. Foster.