Family of TSA Officer Slain in LAX Shooting Sues for $25 Million

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TSA Honors Slain LAX Security Officer with Moment of Silence

TSA security officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot and killed during a shooting rampage at LAX on Nov. 1. (Credit: KTLA)

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The family of a federal passenger screener who was shot to death at Los Angeles International Airport last November sued the city of Los Angeles for $25 million this week, alleging security lapses and unreasonable delays in medical care.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday stems from the death of Gerardo Ismael Hernandez, a Transportation Security Administration officer who was shot 12 times at point-blank range on Nov. 1 during an attack by a gunman inside Terminal 3.

Los Angeles employees “failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot,” said Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer’s family. “Even more horrific is that the city’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez.”

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