23.1 Million for Young Man Shot by Deputy now Paralyzed

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Unarmed 20-yr-old now paralyzed for life after being shot in the back four times by a Palm Beach Sheriff deputy has been awarded 23.1 million dollars by a federal jury.

Florida – The eight-person federal jury found Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Adams Lin acted unreasonably or with excessive force when he shot the unarmed black man four times in four seconds during a traffic stop on Sept. 13, 2013, west of West Palm Beach.

The fourth bullet injured Stephens’ spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and dependent on a wheelchair.

Stephens, now 22, has a long road ahead to collect any money. The jury award is more than the state cap of $200,000, so the Florida Legislature must approve the final dollar amount. That process can take years. Additionally, attorneys for the Sheriff’s Office indicated before the verdict that they would appeal.

Dontrell Stephens

Dontrell Stephens

Dontrell Stephens, 20-yrs-old at the time of the shooting, was talking on a cellphone while riding his bike on a Friday morning.

The incident was recorded on the dash-cam of Sherriff’s deputy Adam Lin’s vehicle. Dontrell Stephens was being followed by Lin before being pulled over for allegedly riding his bicycle into traffic.

In the dash-cam video Lin is seen getting out of his vehicle and then shooting Stephens within 7 seconds. Lin was initially cleared to go back to work just four days after shooting Dontrell Stephens. Months later the State Attorney’s Office and PBSO ruled that the shooting was justified.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the Palm Beech County Sheriff’s Office also agreed to two separate shooting settlements totalling more than a million dollars recently.

The agency agreed to pay $562,000 to the family of Matthew Pollow, a mentally ill 28-year-old fatally shot in West Boca by a deputy, according to a lawyer representing the man’s estate.

The Sheriff’s Office also will reportedly pay $450,000 to the guardianship of Jeremy Hutton, a then-17-year-old with Down syndrome who was shot by a deputy at a Riviera Beach intersection in 2010.




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