Jury awards 4 cents to family of man killed by deputy

Marsha Scott
June 3, 2018

The decision came after the judge presiding over the case asked the jury to determine if Hill's constitutional rights had been violated and, if so, whether his family should be compensated for their loss.

Eventually, backup arrived and the SWAT team released chemical agents into the home to flush out Hill.

The jury found 30-year-old Gregory Hill Jr.

The fatal altercation began when Newman and another sheriff's deputy responded to Hill's home after receiving a noise complaint, a violation with a maximum penalty of $500, according to court documents.

Gregory Hill's children, from left, Destiny, Gregory III and Aryanna pose behind their father's headstone.

Jurors decided that the sheriff's office was only 1 percent at fault in the death, so the $4 award was reduced to four cents. "He made the best decision he could for the safety of his partner, himself and the public given the circumstances he faced". The jury consisted of one black man, two white men and five white women. The case went to trial this month, and on May 24 a jury cleared Newman, assigned a small bit of blame to Mascara and said Hill was nearly entirely at fault because he was drunk.

"That a black child's pain is only worth a dollar is exactly the problem with the plight of the African-American right now".

"I think they were trying to insult the case", attorney James M. Phillips told the Times.

@JoyAnnReid This was my 2nd death over loud music. this time by police. The mother took offense and called police. Deputies testified that they saw Hill holding a weapon.

"Police shot through his closed garage door". That was when Deputy Newman chose to open fire, which went through the closing door.

The bullet from the first shot got stuck in the door, Phillips said. Lopez did not open fire. Authorities then realized Hill was dead. They banged on the door until Hill opened it.

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"Deputies shot tear gas canisters into the Hill home through many windows while severely damaging the windows and interior of the home and leaving toxic tear gas residue in the home", the lawsuit said. A gun was recovered from the scene in Hill's back pocket, but it was unloaded.

Hill had a blood alcohol level of almost 0.40 percent.

Hill's fiance at the time of his death, Terrica Davis, calls the settlement a slap in the face. She finally tried, and she said the children were struggling with it in their own ways. The girl, now 13, testified that her father had no gun in his hand, Phillips said.

"My heart just dropped", Davis recalled.

Phillips said that the family plans to appeal the verdict.

There were issues regarding timing as well, the attorney said. Phillips also says the defense improperly mentioned that Hill was on probation for drug possession.

Phillips disputed that Hill raised his gun toward officers when they confronted him.

A lawyer representing Mascara and Newman did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The family's lawyer said that he feels the jury's amount was disrespectful to the case.

Phillips said he will file a motion for a retrial.

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