Jury Awards $900,000 in Police Shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A federal jury has awarded $900,000 to the mother of a man fatally shot by an East Haven, Conn., police officer.

Emma Jones had sought damages from East Haven for the 1997 death of her 21-year-old son, Malik Jones.

The officer involved said he shot Jones after a car chase because Jones drove at him, putting his life in danger.
Hugh Keefe, East Haven’s lawyer, said Thursday the town will appeal. He said the federal judge in Hartford barred testimony about Malik Jones’ criminal history.

David Rosen, Emma Jones’ lawyer, said jurors heard from Malik Jones’ daughter about what the loss of her father meant.

A federal judge had thrown out a $2.5 million jury award against the town.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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