Feb 5, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Florida Jury Awards Dontrell Stephens $23.1M
Feb. 5, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Hi everybody, your links this morning
- A Florida jury awarded Dontrell Stephens $23.1 million in an excessive force lawsuit against Palm Beach County, FL, Sheriff’s Office and Officer Adam Lin. In 2013, Lin shot an unarmed Stephens four times after pulling him over for a bicycle traffic infraction and mistaking his flip phone for a gun. Stephens has been left a paraplegic and sued to recover lifetime medical expenses.
- Randall Hatori’s family have filed a wrongful death suit against Hawaii County PD. They claim officers beat and tasered an incapacitated Hatori, then delayed providing him medical assistance, ultimately leading to his death.
- Austin, TX, approved a $600,000 settlement of a federal lawsuit relating to the police shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. in July 2013. Jackson was shot by officers after he raised suspicions at a bank. Officer Charles Kleinert Kleinert claimed he shot Jackson by accident after a struggle, stating that he meant to hit the man with his gun instead of firing it. Jackson’s children previously received a $1.25 million payment from the city.
- The family of Christian Green have called on the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into his shooting by Chicago PD in July 2013. Officer Robert Gonzalez claims he shot the 17-year old after Green pointed a gun at him. The teen’s autopsy later showed that he was shot in the back, implying that he was fleeing.
- Saginaw, TX, police shot dead erratic and shirtless Micheal Brown on Wednesday. A video shows officers deploying their tasers twice which proved to be ineffective and ultimately shooting him after he took down an officer.