Trial set for actor vs. L.A.

A $ 10 million suit filed by actor Dennis Tate against the city of Los Angeles over a police shooting is due to go to trial Nov. 23.

Tate was shot in the leg by Los Angeles police officer Garland Hardeman on March 23, 1991, after Hardeman and his partner, officer Semmie Reid, found the actor asleep in what they thought was an abandoned house.

At the time, the actor had not been able to find work and was staying in the house in South Los Angeles while the owner was out of town. Police were called to the location to investigate a report of a dead body.

Hardeman shot Tate when he reportedly took his hands out of his pockets and lunged at his partner, according to police reports. They thought he was reaching for a gun, although he was later found to be unarmed.

A subsequent police investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of the officers.

Meanwhile Tate’s attorney, Jeffrey Galen, said the city has offered to settle the matter for $ 100,000, which his client rejected.

Tate was nominated for an OBIE Award for his off-Broadway performance in “The Cherry Orchard.” He also appeared in “Shaft” and “Steal Away,” but has not worked since his injury.

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