The family of a man that was fatally shot by Florida deputy in 2014, has been awarded a reward of just $4 by the jury in charge of his case.
Hill, a father of three, died as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained from the attack.
In response, the family’s attorney says they are “heartbroken.” According to CNN, the incident took place after a woman, who was picking up her kid from school across the street, called the police for a noise complaint at Gregory Hill Jr.’s residence. .
When authorities arrived, Hill partially opened his garage door then closed it. That’s when Deputy Christopher Newman fired four shots, three of which hit him.
In response to her son’s death, his mother Viola Bryant filed a wrongful death, negligence and excessive force lawsuit. She also claimed that the SWAT team used tear gas in the home and it caused so much damage that it’s inhabitable.
According to court documents, the jury found that Hill was 99% responsible for his own death. They awarded the family “$1 for funeral expenses, and $1 for each child’s loss of parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and … mental pain and suffering.”
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.
The jury consisted of one black man, two white men and five white women, he said. Were they trying to send him and the family a message?
“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,” he said.