The Palm Beach County sheriff was ordered to pay about $25 million to an African-American man paralyzed in 2012 by his deputy, but he set up a roadblock that could prevent the shooting victim from getting the money.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw disagrees with the federal jury’s award granted in 2016 and refused to participate in paying 25-year-old Dontrell Stephens an eight-figure check unless Stephens’ attorney gets the Florida Legislature to pass a claims bill, the Palm Beach Post reported on Monday.
The $22.4 million award, plus interest, would be the largest in the county’s history. This case had been tied up in appeals for years, though that ultimately did not change the award amount.
To put the figure in context, the government settlement amounts in high profile police killings vary, ranging from the $6 million each for the shooting deaths of Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray to just $1.5 million for Michael Brown to a Minnesota town placing a value of $3 million on Philando Castile’s life.
The federal jury agreed that Deputy Adams Lin used excessive force when he shot Stephens four seconds after stopping him for riding his bicycle erratically in traffic. Stephens, who was unarmed, had fled during the encounter with Lin.
“Permanent paralysis is a grossly disproportionate penalty,” Stephens’ attorney Jack Scarola wrote in a letter to the sheriff. “No matter what the degree of culpability may be in causing Dontrell’s paralysis, there is no doubt that he is the tragic victim of a mistake.”
U.S. Magistrate Barry Seltzer signed an order last week authorizing Bradshaw to pay Stephens $200,000, which is the maximum that the department could pay for its negligence. The sheriff agreed to make that payment but won’t lift a finger to request the state to pay out the balance of the award.
Megyn Kelly Wonders What's Wrong With Blackface. The Internet Let Her Know
1. Don't forget how NBC treated Tamron Hall and Al Roker
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NBC cancelled the 9am hour of the Today Show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker so Megyn Kelly, who gets paid more than twice their combined salaries, can do this. https://t.co/yINbQ8wptr— jason c. (@netw3rk) October 23, 2018
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I thought this might have been an exaggeration, but no, Megyn Kelly is really doing a “I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface” https://t.co/xtECr43UMg— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
3. White privilege
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Don't you love how Megyn Kelly:— E. James White (@elonjames) October 23, 2018
1) Thinks Black Face is the same as if a Black person put on make up to look white. Power dynamics? Meh.
2) Says that it was okay to do that when she was a kid.
Megyn? It was never okay. That's your white privilege talking.
4. No one told Megyn Kelly she was wrongSource: 4 of 16
5. Honest thoughtsSource: 5 of 16
6. Religious take
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Megyn Kelly:— Gary (@BlackerTheGary) October 23, 2018
“Santa is white”
“Jesus is white”
“I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface”
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Great Megyn Kelly costume. pic.twitter.com/dOziMbWzfH— The Tragedy of McCheese™ (@TimDuffy) October 23, 2018
8. Blame in on Trump
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I think for what is going on with this administration and all of the racist people out there and many incidents that people have encounter due to racism Megyn Kelly just open another can of worms with her comment. pic.twitter.com/ED9asvHPEF— The Atheist Geek (@geek_atheist) October 23, 2018
9. This is par for the course for Megyn Kelly
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1. Going back to her days at Fox News Megyn Kelly has had a history of being racially/culturally incompetent and unaware 2. Keep in mind NBC dumped the 9am hr of The Today show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker in favor Megyn Kelly and this kind of foolishness and ignorance. https://t.co/cURaIxZyPh— BrotherJR aka Brotha Wakanda (@BrotherJR76) October 23, 2018
10. SarcasmSource: 10 of 16
11. The apologetic Black person chimes inSource: 11 of 16
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Black people: “When white people wear blackface we find it incredibly hurtful to us. It’s racist and we hope you all can see that.”— Setoiyo-RECORDING HIS DEBUT ALBUM ON FEBURARY 16th (@Setoiyo1) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly: https://t.co/B2OXvPO1zN
13. Megyn Kelly: White people are "normal people"
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Megyn Kelly can't understand what's so offensive about blackface then says: "I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being, like, normal people."@megynkelly: 1. You've never been black 2. This isn't "normal," it's white privilege and it's embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/tHPjulPZ1P— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 23, 2018
14. Black folks' collective side-eye
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Megyn Kelly: “What’s wrong with blackface?”— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) October 23, 2018
15. A history lessonSource: 15 of 16
16. The ironySource: 16 of 16
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