Florida Jury Awards Four Cents to Family of African-American Man Shot by Sheriff’s Deputy

HeadlineMay 31, 2018
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In news from Florida, the family of an African-American father shot dead by authorities in his own garage has been awarded just four cents by a federal court jury. Gregory Hill Jr. was shot dead in 2014 by a white St. Lucie sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a complaint about loud music. The deputy shot Hill through a closed garage door. The jury initially ordered $4 in damages—$1 to Hill’s mother for funeral expenses and $1 to each of Hill’s three children. But since the jury found the sheriff’s office was only 1 percent liable for Hill’s death, they reduced the amount to just four cents.

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