‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’- Lawyer Blasts Jury

By Ikenga Chronicles June 1, 2018

‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’- Lawyer Blasts Jury

The family of a father-of-three who was shot and killed by cops through his garage door have been left heartbroken after a jury awarded them just four cents in damages.

Gregory Hill, 30, was gunned down in his Florida home by St Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputies Christopher Newman and his partner Edward Lopez while they were responding to a noise complaint.

But on Thursday a jury ruled that Hill was 99 percent responsible for his death, because he was drunk. They determined the cops were only one percent liable.

As a result, Hill’s relatives were awarded just $4 in damages, including $3 for the suffering of his three surviving children.

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The sum was then reduced to just four cents when that total was multiplied by .01 because of the one percent finding of liability on the part of the Sheriff’s office by the jury.

‘That a black child’s pain is only worth a dollar is exactly the problem with the plight of the African-American right now. This says, black lives don’t matter,’ John Bryant, attorney for Hill’s family, told CNN.

The jury award was broken down to $1 for Hill’s mother, Viola Bryant, for funeral expenses and $1 to each of Hill’s three children. The $1 for each of his children was intended to compensate them for ‘loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and […] mental pain and suffering,’ the verdict form stated.

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Phillips went on to call the ruling ‘perplexing’ given that funeral expenses alone cost the family $11,000, and wondered why the jury would award any amount at all if it were only going to award one dollar for each child’s suffering.

The jury found that Hilll 99 ‘was under the influence of alcoholic beverages to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired and that as a result of the influence of such alcoholic beverage,’ he was 99 percent liable for the ‘incident and his resulting injuries,’ the verdict form read.