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March 29, 2011 — Lauderhill

Cedric Telasco, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and whose medicine had been adjusted the day before, called 911 around 1:30 a.m. from his mother's home.

He reported that a "black guy, real good looking" was standing in the doorway with a knife. He said that police should come and do what was necessary.

Responding officers met him in the front yard, where they say Telasco charged them with the knife. Read more

Four officers opened fire, shooting him 20 times in the span of six seconds. Telasco, 21, died on scene.

Telasco was describing himself in the 911 call.

The killing prompted a Broward County commissioner, political activists and Telasco's family to go to city meetings to criticize the police department's handling of the case, according to newspaper accounts.

Telasco's mother filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against the officers involved. The case was settled when city commissioners voted to pay the family $35,000.

This was the 29th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Telasco approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Telasco did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers shot 20 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Telasco was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Telasco's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  6. Telasco showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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