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Jury Awards 4 Bucks to Family of Black Man Killed by Police

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FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA – June 1, 2018

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was found partially liable by a federal court jury in fatal shooting of Gregory Hill Jr. in the garage of his own home. The office will have to pay 4 cents for a killing of a husband and a father of three daughters.Four cents for four bullets that have been shot.

$1 to each of Hill’s three children for loss of parental companionship, instruction, guidance, mental pain and suffering, $1 to Viola Bryant, Hill’s mother, for funeral expenses.

Ken Mascara, St. Lucie County Sheriff, was found negligent but was only 1 percent liable decided jury after four days of testimony. The jury found that Hill, who was 30 in 2014 when the accident occurred, “was under the influence of alcoholic beverages to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired and that as a result of the influence of such alcoholic beverage,” he was 99 percent liable for the “incident and his resulting injuries,” according to the verdict form.

Deputy Christopher Newman, who fired shots, was found not liable.

John Phillips, Viola Bryant’s attorney,argued that the deputy and Sheriff’s Office used “unreasonable, negligent and excessive” tactics, but the jury did not agree.

The Sheriff’s Office published a statement of Facebook that said, “We are pleased to see this difficult and tragic incident come to a conclusion.

“Deputy Newman was placed in a very difficult situation, and like so many fellow law enforcement officers must do every day, he made the best decision he could for the safety of his partner, himself, and the public given the circumstances he faced.

“We appreciate the jury’s time and understanding and wish everyone involved in this case the best as they move forward.”

Sheriff Ken Mascara issued this statement after today’s verdict in the civil rights lawsuit regarding the 2014 officer involved shooting death of Gregory Hill.

Gepostet von St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office am Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018

Newman and Deputy Edward Lopez were investigating a complain about loud, obscene music at Hill’s home as students at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School, which is across the street, were being let out.The deputies knocked on the garage door.

After no response, Newman knocked on the front door. He heard the music get louder and turned to see the garage door opening. Hill stood facing out of the garage with his left hand on the door and his right hand down.

Newman drew his gun, and as the garage door started to go down, fired four times toward Hill, tracking upward.

He just shot him dead in his own house for listening music too loud. That’s the police for you. And this man continues to be on duty.

The deputies called a SWAT team who arrived soon after. They went inside the garage, it confirmed that Hill was dead and found a gun in his back pocket.Once inside, officers found Hill dead with an unloaded handgun in his back pocket, not his hand, court records show. No blood spatters were found on the gun.

Three bullets found in his body: two in the abdomen and one in the head. 

Toxicology reports from Hill’s autopsy showed his blood-alcohol level was nearly 0.40 percent, almost five times the legal limit of 0.08 percent to drive, sheriff’s officials said.

But he was not driving at the time. He was just chilling out at his own home, with his legally owned unloaded gun in his pocket.

Author: USA Really