Robert Arnold's attorney Cade Bernsen calls the settlement the city of Orange reached with his client a "civil rights milestone".
Bernsen says it's probably one of the largest civil rights settlements in the city's history.
Bernsen goes on to say that Arnold has been vindicated after city officials nearly destroyed his life.
It stems from a confrontation that took place outside O'Reilly Auto Parts on North 16th Street in Orange.
It happened on July 26th, 2010.
Witnesses say James Whitehead had lost his temper inside the store, and Arnold intervened.
Arnold, who was an Orange police captain, was off-duty at the time.
The altercation ended outside when Arnold fatally shot Whitehead.
A Texas Ranger's investigation and an Orange County grand jury cleared Arnold, finding that he acted in self-defense, but the city still suspended him.
Bernsen claims city officials withheld witness statements saying Arnold acted in self-defense.
The witnesses said Whitehead was being aggressive and had reached for Arnold's gun, but Bernsen believes the city threw Arnold "under the bus", because he was a black officer who had killed a white man, and the city feared a backlash.
James Whitehead's relatives also sued the city, and Bernsen says the city also settled with the Whitehead family for $610,000, when you add that to what Arnold was paid, the city has paid out more than $1.2 million in this case.
That's why Bernsen says city officials in Orange owe taxpayers an explanation.
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