The Inglewood city council rejected a claim filed by the father of a young man killed in Darby Park during the regular city council meeting held July 20.
Andrew Summerfield was killed January 5 as he sat in his car inside the parking lot of the park. The autopsy report details the tragic moments of his death, however, Inglewood Police Department has yet to release any details of that fateful morning, however, they have put up a $25,000 reward seeking assistance from the public.
Summerfield’s father filed the claim against for wrongful death, and inadequate park monitoring.
Claims are typically a precursor to a lawsuit.
Inglewood routinely rejects most claims filed against the city, however, some claims are approved on a case by case basis by Inglewood’s Claims Review Committee, that don’t exceed $7500.
”Inglewood has enough money to pay Mayor Butts’ mistress over 340k per year, but can’t spare money for this young man’s family,” said Jess Lewis. “Shame on this city.”
The City has since installed exterior cameras along the outside of the gymnasium.
This is the second claim filed against the city alleging safety issues in the city’s parks.
The family of Zavire Portis filed a lawsuit after he drowned in the city’s pool at Centinela Park in 2019.
Parks and Recreation Director Sabrina Barnes could not be reached for comment.