The City of San Leandro expressed resolve and understanding upon learning of a lawsuit filed by the estate of Steven Taylor in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting in 2020 at a Walmart on Hesperian Boulevard.
The City intends to defend itself against the lawsuit, which was filed on April 15, 2022 and seeks $10 million in damages.
Mr. Taylor’s death has led to significant changes in the San Leandro Police Department’s use of force policies and training and has spurred productive discussion throughout the community about racial justice and social equity.
“The death of Steven Taylor was a tragedy that has profoundly affected our Department and those we serve,” noted Police Chief Abdul Pridgen. “I am committed to continuing the many changes we’ve already put in place to save the lives of those who need our help the most,” said Chief Pridgen, who took over as chief following the incident.
Once the City is served the lawsuit, it will file an answer and commence with the legal process, while continuing to monitor the criminal case against Jason Fletcher. In each of these legal matters, the City must be a responsible steward of public funds, including defending itself against actions that it believes to be excessive or unwarranted.
“I continue to hear from residents about the great loss they feel in Mr. Taylor’s death, and the City Council has made it our priority to improve our policing practices, eliminate systemic racism, and promote social justice for everyone who lives in this community,” added Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. “We will defend against this lawsuit, but we have learned from this tragic death and will never forget Steven Taylor and his lasting impact on San Leandro.”