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Tampa settles case of man killed by police

TAMPA — Details of a $150,000 settlement for the family of a man shot and killed by Tampa police became public this week and are expected to be approved today in federal court.

The agreement calls for part of the money to go toward the Florida Prepaid tuition program for Musa Yazid's 9-year-old son.

Yazid's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and two police officers in 2007. An officer pulled over Yazid, 33, for running a stop sign in 2005 and called for backup when he was uncooperative.

The officers said they fired their guns when Yazid tried to hit one of them with his car. The Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough state attorney ruled that the officers were justified in using deadly force.

Attorney Barry Cohen's office represented Yazid's family in the civil suit. The City Council approved the $150,000 settlement in October.

According to a report filed Tuesday by a guardian ad litem, Yazid's family stands to receive about $102,000 in net proceeds. That's after $16,500 goes toward an attorney fee and about $25,500 goes toward other costs. The remaining $6,000 is to be held in a trust pending unknown additional costs.

Yazid's widow, Virginia, will get 60 percent of the net proceeds, and her 9-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter will each receive 20 percent of the net proceeds, according to court records.

For Yazid's son, about $13,000 will be paid in a lump sum toward the state's prepaid college fund. He will then receive monthly payments of about $225 for four years beginning the day after he turns 18.

Kevin Graham can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

Tampa settles case of man killed by police 02/12/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 13, 2009 9:11am]
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