God Bless America!

Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr, 30, was fatally shot by police who responded to a noise complaint in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The 30-year-old was found dead with a gun in his back pocket and toxicology reports showed he was drunk when he died.

One of two sheriff’s deputies on the scene Christopher Newman shot Mr Hill three times.

Ooooh, incoming lawsuit!

Last week jurors decided Mr Newman had not used excessive force but said County Sheriff Ken Mascara had acted negligently following the shooting.

The jury awarded $4 in damages made up of $1 for funeral costs and $1 for each of Mr Hill’s three children, the New York Times reported.

*awed respect*

The award was reduced to just 4 cents after the jury said the sheriff’s office was only one per cent to blame for the shooting.

*uncontrollable laughter*

In a statement posted on Facebook Mr Mascara said: “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.”

How much time?

The jury decided on the $4 award after 10 hour deliberation.

Blimey! Why so long? Really nice coffee available?

4 comments for “God Bless America!

  1. Pcar
    June 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    This confused me:
    County Sheriff Ken Mascara had acted negligently following the shooting

    Standard’s source clarifies:
    Last week, the jurors delivered their verdict. Deputy Newman had not used excessive force, they concluded, but the St. Lucie County sheriff, Ken Mascara, had been ever so slightly negligent given Deputy Newman’s actions.

    furthermore, because jurors found that Mr. Hill was intoxicated and mostly to blame for the shooting, a lawyer for his family said Tuesday that a judge would reduce the four-cent award to nothing.

    Deliberate “mistakes” by Standard?

    Oh dear…

    Mr. Phillips, the family lawyer, said he was drafting a motion for a new trial. If the motion is denied, he said, he will file an appeal.

    “I’m going to keep fighting until I get some justice,” said Ms. Davis, who had planned to marry Mr. Hill less than two months from the day he died. “That’s the only way I’m going to get peace.”

    His three children – Aryanna Hill, Gregory Hill III and Destiny Hill.- all/any from Ms. Davis?

  2. Charles
    June 7, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    So sad. Mr Hill was going to turn his life around – he was planning to enroll in school and major in Astronomy.

    • June 11, 2018 at 6:59 am

      🙂

  3. Pcar
    June 8, 2018 at 12:20 am

    @Charles

    Aspirational Astrologist may have been more helpful for his Destiny :p

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