Court reverses ruling in shooting of autistic man

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court says that a lower court should not have cut a $1 million award given to the family of an autistic man who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back Monday with orders to the trial court to recalculate the award amount.

A jury found in 2011 that former officer Joseph Cruz had used excessive force in the 2008 shooting of Mohammad Usman Chaudhry (CHOW'-dree).

Compensatory damages were awarded to Chaudhry's estate for the pain and suffering he experienced between being shot and dying.

A police probe largely cleared Cruz after the shooting, but Chaudhry's family said their relative was not violent and they claimed Cruz had planted a knife on his body.

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