Scottsdale Agrees to Pay $4.25 Million to Family of John Loxas, Sixth Man Killed by Same Cop
The Scottsdale City Council agreed to pay $4.25 million to the family of John Loxas, who was unarmed when Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters shot him in the head in February 2012, killing him instantly.
Loxas was the sixth man killed by Peters, who has since retired with an "accidental disability," and currently collects a monthly pension check of around $4,500.
City of Scottsdale documents show attorneys for Loxas' family had sought a settlement of $7.75 million, before both sides agreed to $4.45 million. A federal court -- where the ACLU sued the City on behalf of Loxas' family -- has to approve the settlement before everything's said and done.
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Police responded to Loxas' place on Valentine's Day 2012, after neighbors reported that he'd pointed a gun at them. Loxas answered the door when police arrived, holding his 7-month-old grandson in his arms.
Peters, who was one of several officers there, shot a rifle round into Loxas' forehead, killing him.
Loxas had no weapon on him, and no other officer fired a shot.
That was the sixth fatal shooting Peters was involved in.
Loxas' daughter Alexandria said Peters had used her father as "target practice," and when ACLU of Arizona legal director Dan Pochoda called Peters a "bad cop," he corrected himself -- "It goes beyond the word 'bad,'" he said.
The ACLU's lawsuit noted "dozens" of incidents involving Peters and Tasers, as well as several citizen complaints against him that never resulted in discipline.
Among other incidents, Peters also got in trouble for pointing a gun at his own face in 2005.
Peters' other killings included a disbarred lawyer with a shotgun, a burglary suspect, a man who took a hostage at a grocery store, a guy who decided to shoot at the cops, and another who decided to drive his truck at the cops.
A few months after Peters' last shooting, he applied for that "accidental disability" retirement, which he was approved for. City officials couldn't tell us what that disability was due to privacy laws, but we opine that shooting way too many people isn't a disability.
In addition to this settlement, the City also agreed to a smaller settlement in 2009 to the family of another person shot by Peters.