City asked to approve $4 million settlement for man’s death by police

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Public Safety Committee has been officially asked to approve a $4 million settlement to the family of a man shot and killed by Spokane Police.

Officers shot and killed David Novak in January 2019. Police said they shot Novak because he was allegedly shooting and yelling racial slurs at his neighbor.

It was later discovered that Novak was holding a baseball bat and a gun was never recovered.

“David did not in any way deserve what happened to him,” said his mother Debbie Novak. “No one deserved what happened to David by the ones meant to serve and protect. He had followed commands. He was unarmed. He was shot in the back and he attempted to walk through his front door. He didn’t run. He walked. This was his home. He did not run into the house. He fell through the front door and died in that spot.”

His mother and sister Crystal are listed as plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against the City. His father settled with the City for just over $250,000 last month.

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