Cop shoot­ing fam­ily awarded 4c

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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