Friday, October 22, 2021

Killed By Cops: Dog’s Family Awarded Nearly The Same Amount As Michael Brown’s Parents

family awarded over a million*Over the weekend it was revealed that the city of Ferguson “secretly” awarded Michael Brown’s family a “wrongful death claim” of $1.5 million.

After the officer-involved shooting of the unarmed black teen back in 2014, President Obama told Americans that Brown’s death “awakened our nation once again to the reality that [black people] have long understood” and that the shooting demonstrated why “too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement.”

As Huff Post reports, the family’s settlement “was on par with one particular shooting in Maryland ― except, in this case, the family was white and the victim was their pet dog.”

In May, a jury awarded $1.26 million to a family whose beloved pet was shot and killed by Anne Arundel County police Officer Rodney Price.

Price claimed he was attacked by the Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Vern in the homeowner’s front yard while he was investigating a burglary in the neighborhood.

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CLAYTON, MO – APRIL 23: Michael Brown Sr. (L), Lesley McSpadden (R), parents of slain 18 year-old Michael Brown Jr. and other family members of the Michael Brown Family arrive prior to a press conference outside the St. Louis County Court Building on April 23, 2015 in Clayton, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Local Caption: Michael Brown Sr.; Lesley McSpadden

Price reportedly shot the innocent pooch twice but admitted in court that the dog did not attack or injure him before he pulled out his weapon.

According to a press release sent to HuffPost, “the jury found that the shooting violated the owner’s constitutional rights and was committed with gross negligence.”

Price was placed on administrative leave and the three-day trial resulted in “the largest verdict in U.S. history for a police dog shooting,” said the Hansel Law Firm that represented the family.

“The verdict sends a strong message to the police about … community expectations,” the family’s attorney, Cary J. Hansel, wrote in the release. “The duty to serve and protect extends to our animal family members as well. Shooting Vern was senseless, unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

As you know, a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

Meanwhile, the Anne Arundel County police chief visited the dog’s family to extend his condolences.

#NeverForget, America’s justice system values the life of an animal over that of a black man.

 

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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  1. Black folks live in survival mode so 1.5 million is a lot of money ….everybody has gotten reparations but us brougt here as slaves …the Africans don’t claim us…many of us are mixed with Native American and the don’t want us either yet we are the fuel for the culture, the races, even freaking stem cells …its a damn shame …we were bred never to get together …divided by tribe, mixed ethnicity and even our own color-house/field prejudice….its a damn shame. Being mad…be mad at our ignorance, our cowardice our lack of self esteem ……

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