Family of Jerry Amaro wants grand jury investigation

October 19, 2011 8:24:07 PM PDT
The family of a man who died after being beaten by Oakland Police wants charges filed against the department.

Attorneys for Jerry Amaro's family said on Wednesday they are asking the US Attorney's office to open a grand jury investigation into what happened.

Amaro was beaten in March 2000 during an arrest on suspicion for trying to buy drugs.

Amaro died a few weeks later from fractured ribs that led to pneumonia.

Tuesday evening, the city approved a $1.7 million settlement for Amaro's mother.

Neither the city nor the Oakland Police Department wanted to comment.