I'm sorry to hear about what you and your family have been through. As for whether it is too late to file a wrongful death lawsuit, in California, the statute of limitations (SOL), on wrongful death cases, is two (2) years. And then, on top of that, any claims against governmental entities must be made within six (6) months.
Sadly, it sure sounds like you are well beyond the applicable statute of limitations. Your best option at this point is call a lawyer who is familiar with excess force cases and see if there are other facts that may allow you to file a claim. Sorry for your loss.
It appears the time limits have run. However, there are situations if you were a minor at the time that may allow extensions, but they will unlikely present here. You should consult with an attorney were more details of your specific situation can be explored.
There must be some reason that nobody did anything about this for the last 6 1/2 years!? If so, explore it further. If not, it is my opinion that you would be wasting your time. Sorry.
It appears that you are past the statute of limitations, but state laws vary as to SOL exceptions, so best bet is to call one of the lawyers in your state who answered above to discuss any possible exceptions. Good luck.
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You had 6 months from the date of his death to file a claim with the county in which he passed. The statute of limitations for wrongful death is 2 years. It appears you are too late by at least 4-6 years.