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Jury Awards BART To Pay Family of Sahleem Tindle More Than $6M

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A federal jury ordered BART to pay more than $6 million in damages to the family of a man slain by  a BART police officer in 2018, according to the family’s attorney.

Unarmed Sahleem Tindle, 28, of Oakland was shot and killed on Jan. 3, 2018, by BART officer Joseph Mateu.

The jury specifically awarded $6.34 million to the estate of Tindle, of that about $5.7 million for the violations of his federal civil rights for use of excessive force and $608,000 to his two minor children.

The civil trial lasted two weeks in the United States District Court, Northern District in Oakland and was tried in two phases. In the first phase, the jury found Tindle’s constitutional rights were violated by use of excessive force and also found that Tindle possessed the gun at the time, but was trying to surrender.

In the second phase, the jury found that both Mateu and Tindle were negligent, and made Tindle 68% responsible. The amount awarded to Tindle’s children, total $1.09 million, was reduced by that 68% to $608,000.

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