Statement From Gene Ramirez, Attorney Representing El Monte With Regards to an Out-of-Court Settlement in the Paz Case.
"The City of El Monte has reached an out-of court settlement with the plaintiffs over the service of a search warrant in 1999, involving the investigation of a notorious Tijuana drug cartel and the discovery of three stolen weapons including an assault weapon found in the bedroom of Mario Paz.
Independent investigations from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, cleared the City's police department and officers of any wrongdoing.
In addition to a cash payment, the settlement calls for the El Monte Police Department to reemphasize its policies and procedures when serving a search warrant. Many of these procedures were already in place at the time of the incident or were in the process of being implemented before this case was settled.
Due to the cost of ongoing litigation, both parties felt that it was in their best financial interests and a prudent course of action to engage in an out-of-court settlement."
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CONTACT: Eugene Ramirez of Law Firm of Manning & Marter Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, +1-213-624-6900 ext. 222