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Tampa News Friday, June 1

Jury clears Florida deputy in fatal shooting, awards victim’s family $4

  • FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A federal jury has cleared a deputy of using excessive force in the 2014 shooting death of Gregory Hill Jr. and awarded $4 to Hill’s family, a family lawyer said.
  • The jury, which was weighing a lawsuit filed by Hill’s family, ruled last week that St. Lucie County Deputy Christopher Newman did not violate Hill’s civil rights, reports CBS affiliate WPEC-TV of West Palm Beach, Floirda.
  • WPEC-TV reports that Newman shot and killed Hill, a 30-year-old father of three children, in January 2014 after two officers responded to a complaint that Hill was playing loud music at the family’s home, court documents show.
  • The sheriff’s office said Hill, a Coca-Cola warehouse employee, was carrying a gun and was drunk when deputies got to the home.
  • Newman testified that he fired his handgun four times through the home’s garage door after seeing Hill with a gun, and after the garage door closed.

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Jury clears Florida deputy in fatal shooting, awards victim’s family $4

‘Black lives don’t matter,’ lawyer says after jury awards $4 in police killing

  • Deputy Christopher Newman killed Gregory Hill Jr., 30, in 2014 after a mother picking up her child at a school across the street called in a noise complaint.
  • Newman and another deputy responded to Hill’s home, Hill partially opened the garage door, closed it and Newman fired four times, hitting Hill three times, including once in the head, according to court and police records.
  • Attorney John Phillips, who represents Hill’s family, called the ruling perplexing and questioned why the jury would award $1 for $11,000 in funeral expenses and another dollar for each child’s suffering when it could have simply awarded no damages.
  • Issues pushing attorney to appeal – – Thirty witnesses were called during the trial, Phillips said, some of whom contested Newman’s narrative that he saw a gun and that he demanded Hill drop the weapon before opening fire.
  • Another factor prompting the attorney to seek a new trial is that the defense mentioned Hill was on probation for drug possession, which Phillips feels was meant to vilify Hill, as Newman had no way of knowing this when he responded.

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‘Black lives don’t matter,’ lawyer says after jury awards $4 in police killing

Hurricane season gas tips: How to deal with long lines, fuel shortages and generators

  • During Hurricane Season when a storm hits, we all know gas is one of the first things to go.
  • But we say it may be best to keep your car with a full tank of gas from June through November.
  • Make sure its in a safe storage that way youll be able to top off your car when everyone else is running for the gas station during the storm.
  • Keep a little bit of gas for any power equipment you may need after the storm like a chainsaw.
  • Once the storm passes, make sure you use up all of that gas because it will only last for about three months.

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Hurricane season gas tips: How to deal with long lines, fuel shortages and generators