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Council votes to award families $800,000 in two high-profile wrongful death cases against Phoenix PD

Posted at 8:28 PM, May 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-25 23:28:48-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to award families a total of $800,000 in two high-profile wrongful death cases against the Phoenix Police Department.

The family of ex-NFL football player Ekom Udofia was awarded $250,000 for a 2020 wrongful death case.

Udofia was shot and killed by Phoenix Police after pointing a realistic looking BB pistol at officers near Indian School and 23rd Ave.

The council also awarded $550,000 thousand to the family of Dawn Bestenlehner.

Back in 2020, the UPS worker was standing on a sidewalk near 31st Avenue and Osborne, waiting for a ride home after her shift, when she was struck and and killed by a man driving a U-Haul truck.

The suspect was fleeing from Phoenix Police officers at the time after breaking into a cell phone store.

It was found that police did not follow protocol during the chase.

This afternoon's vote was mostly a formality. No family members were in attendance and no one spoke during the public comment period.