The sheriff's department must pay a $15.9 million judgment to a family brutalized by deputies during a raid on a bridal shower, an appellate court ruled.

California's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of the 35 mostly Samoan-American members of the Dole family who attended the 1989 party.With interest and legal fees, the department must pay more than $23 million.