Family of Teen Killed by Police Settles With Portsmouth, Va., for $1,000,000

The city has reportedly agreed to pay $1 million to settle a suit with the family of black teen William Chapman II, who was fatally shot by now-former Officer Stephen Rankin.

Stephen Rankin; William Chapman ll
Stephen Rankin; William Chapman ll CBS News Screenshot

The family of a black Virginia teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer last year has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $1 million, the Associated Press reports.

Earl Lewis Jr., the spokesman for the family of William Chapman II, told AP that although Chapman’s mother has agreed verbally to the figure, she believes that her son’s life was worth more.

The family had recently filed a notice of intent to sue the city of Portsmouth, Va., where Chapman was shot outside a Wal-Mart by then-Officer Stephen Rankin in April 2015.

Chapman, 18, was suspected of shoplifting before the struggle with Rankin started. Rankin lost his job and was convicted last month of voluntary manslaughter.

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