The Colorado ACLU has agreed to a settlement with the Colorado State Patrol over the 2010 shooting death of Jason Kemp.
In a release from the ACLU on Monday, the agreement resolves a federal court lawsuit filed on behalf of Kemp's family.
Kemp was fatally shot at his Grand Junction home after he refused to allow state troopers into his house without a warrant.
According to the Colorado ACLU, the Colorado State Patrol will pay over $1M to Jason's family and will also implement new training modules for all current and future troopers to include specific instruction on the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment and its limited exceptions.
The new training will also emphasize de-escalation tactics and the limits on officers' permissible use of force. The agreement provides for ACLU lawyers to review the new training curriculum and to attend and monitor training sessions, according to the ACLU.
As stated in the lawsuit, the day of the shooting, Troopers Kirk Firko and Ivan Lawyer were investigating a minor accident that resulted in minimal damage to a neighbor's lawn. They suspected Kemp was responsible and that he may have been driving under the influence of alcohol.
When they knocked at Kemp's door, he told them to get a search warrant and they proceeded to break down the door.
Trooper Lawyer ultimately fired his weapon, killing Kemp at the scene. He said he thought Kemp had a weapon.
Lawyer was found not guilty by a Mesa County jury.
Jurors acquitted him of criminally negligent homicide, 1st degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon.
The Colorado State Patrol fired both Lawyer and Firko following the investigation.
According to Kemp's mother, "Jason died asserting his constitutional rights. Because the criminal charges filed against the state troopers were dismissed, this lawsuit was the only way to shine light on the injustice Jason suffered."