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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1988
The recent accidental shooting of Sundaga Bryant has prompted a number of articles and editorials. Within hours of the incident, accusations of wrongdoing were made by Marlena Bryant and the couple's attorney. Representatives of the Police Department and this office have responded to inquiries from the press and constituents regarding the events that led to the tragic incident and the potential liability of the city of Newport Beach. We have responded honestly to these inquiries and have expressed the compassion and sympathy we all feel for Sundaga Bryant, his wife and their children.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1990 | JEANNE WRIGHT
The city of Newport Beach agreed Thursday to pay $1.5 million to a Liberian immigrant who was shot and critically wounded by a police officer who mistook his portable radio for a sawed-off shotgun. The settlement, to be paid to Sundaga Bryant for the Sept. 4, 1988, shooting, represents the largest amount that Newport Beach has ever paid for a police-related lawsuit, city officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1989
Re "Newport Beach Police Officer Not Charged in Shooting": I, too, was saddened over the news of the Sept. 4 shooting of Sundaga Bryant on the Balboa Beach by Police Officer Derek Duncan. I remember that hot, emotionally charged night and I prayed for Sundaga after that. I am grateful to God that his wounds were not greater and that he will recover. I feel, however, that I must protest his statement, "What gave this man the motive to come out there with a shotgun and blow me away," because I know that Officer Duncan did not shoot him intentionally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1989
Re "Newport Beach Police Officer Not Charged in Shooting": I, too, was saddened over the news of the Sept. 4 shooting of Sundaga Bryant on the Balboa Beach by Police Officer Derek Duncan. I remember that hot, emotionally charged night and I prayed for Sundaga after that. I am grateful to God that his wounds were not greater and that he will recover. I feel, however, that I must protest his statement, "What gave this man the motive to come out there with a shotgun and blow me away," because I know that Officer Duncan did not shoot him intentionally.
NEWS
February 4, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, a county investigation has cleared a Newport Beach police officer who mistakenly shot and seriously wounded an unarmed Liberian immigrant along the beach last Labor Day weekend, the Orange County district attorney's office announced Friday. At the moment of the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1990 | JEANNE WRIGHT
The city of Newport Beach agreed Thursday to pay $1.5 million to a Liberian immigrant who was shot and critically wounded by a police officer who mistook his portable radio for a sawed-off shotgun. The settlement, to be paid to Sundaga Bryant for the Sept. 4, 1988, shooting, represents the largest amount that Newport Beach has ever paid for a police-related lawsuit, city officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1988 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
The wife of the man wounded in what Newport Beach police acknowledge was a mistaken police shooting said Monday that the hospitalization of her husband will cause severe financial trouble for their family of six. "The Newport Beach Police Department took away my children's father," Marlene Bryant said Monday night, losing her composure for a moment as tears rolleddown her cheeks. "I'm being strong. I'm trying my hardest."
NEWS
September 5, 1988
A Newport Beach police officer shot and critically wounded a 26-year-old man near the Balboa Pier when the officer believed the man was carrying a sawed-off shotgun, police reported. However, the victim, Sundaga Bryant, 26, of Orange, was only carrying a portable radio, police said. Bryant, who immigrated to the United States from the West African nation of Liberia about eight years ago, was in critical condition at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds in his arms and abdomen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1988
The man shot by a Newport Beach police officer who mistook the man's radio for a shotgun has been released from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. Sundaga Bryant, 26, who lives with his wife in Orange, went to stay with his father in the La Habra area while he recovers, said Connie Gomez, his sister-in-law. "He gets tired really easily," Gomez said. "He's still having visiting nurses come in to keep an eye on him."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1988 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
Twenty days after police mistakenly shot and critically wounded him on the beach at Balboa, Sundaga Bryant of Orange made his first public appearance Friday, saying he had heard no warning from police and did not even hear the shotgun blast that felled him. "I didn't even see the cops," he said in a weak, low voice. "I didn't hear nothing. All I feel is pain (as I lay) on the ground . . . pain like I never felt before in my life."
NEWS
February 4, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, a county investigation has cleared a Newport Beach police officer who mistakenly shot and seriously wounded an unarmed Liberian immigrant along the beach last Labor Day weekend, the Orange County district attorney's office announced Friday. At the moment of the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1988
The recent accidental shooting of Sundaga Bryant has prompted a number of articles and editorials. Within hours of the incident, accusations of wrongdoing were made by Marlena Bryant and the couple's attorney. Representatives of the Police Department and this office have responded to inquiries from the press and constituents regarding the events that led to the tragic incident and the potential liability of the city of Newport Beach. We have responded honestly to these inquiries and have expressed the compassion and sympathy we all feel for Sundaga Bryant, his wife and their children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1988 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
An official of the Liberian community in Southern California charged Friday that a white Newport Beach police officer was "racially motivated" when he shot an unarmed black Liberian citizen last weekend. Sumo Nawazee, president of the 200-member Liberian Community of Southern California, said in a prepared statement, "We are outraged by the shooting. . . . It was racially motivated, unprovoked, and we are very angry."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1988 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
The Newport Beach police officer who mistook a portable stereo for a gun and shot and seriously wounded a beach-goer early Sunday was identified Tuesday as Derek Duncan, 25, a three-year veteran of the force with an additional year of experience with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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