Cop shooting family awarded 4c
A FLORIDA family has been awarded just four cents in damages for funeral expenses and pain and suffering after a jury found a local sheriff partially liable for the death of a 30-year-old man who was shot by a police officer while inside his garage.
The family sued officer Chris- topher Newman and Sheriff Ken Mascara alleging wrongful death for the 2014 shooting of Gregory Hill. The father-of-three was shot by Mr Newman three times after police came to investigate a noise complaint.
Mr Newman claimed Mr Hill was brandishing a firearm at the time. The officer was not charged with a crime.
The jury decided Mr Newman was not liable and that Sheriff Mascara was 1 per cent responsible for the death. The jury awarded damages of $US1 ($1.30) for funeral expenses and $US1 for each of Mr Hill’s children — ages seven, 10 and 13. But because the jury found the chief only 1 per cent responsible, the family received only US4 cents.
Gregory Hill with family.