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Chandler settles with family of teen fatally shot by police

June 25, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Chandler has settled lawsuits for more than $1 million with the parents of a 17-year-old boy who was shot twice in the back by police.

The Arizona Republic reports the Chandler City Council approved a $1 million settlement for the mother of Anthony Cano and a $125,000 for his father.

Under the agreement, the city is not admitting any fault but officials said in a statement they do hope it “brings closure” to Cano’s family.

Greg Kuykendall, the attorney for mother Kathleen Renee Clum, said the family remains distraught.

“Anthony Cano should be alive today,” Kuykendall said in a statement. “He and his beloved family should be laughing at Anthony’s antics, loving one another, and planning for their joint futures.”

The incident began the night of Jan. 2 when Officer Chase Bebak-Miller noticed Cano riding a bicycle without a front headlight, police said. Bebak-Miller activated his lights and sirens after Cano began weaving into both lanes of traffic.

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Police body camera video shows the teen later abandoning the bicycle and running toward the park. Bebak-Miller chases after Cano on foot and shouts at him to stop seconds before seeing Cano drop a gun and reach to pick it up.

Bebak-Miller then shoots him at close range, causing him to collapse. The officer then shoots him again.

On the video, a cuffed Cano can be heard saying he was trying to throw the gun away.

Cano died at a hospital three weeks later.

A criminal investigation by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and an internal one by police are ongoing.

Bebak-Miller, a five-year veteran of the department, is serving “in a modified assignment,” according to the city.