Ohio jury requires a police officer to pay $4.4m to the family of a Black man whom he killed

By Sakshi

 Nov 3,2022

An Ohio jury has decided that a white policeman has to pay $4.4m in compensation costs to relatives of the Black man he shot dead when he approached him while the man was asleep.

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Police officer Matthew Rhodes "climbed" into the vehicle of Luke Stewart, 23, while he was sleeping on a sidewalk in Euclid, Ohio, in March of 2017, as per reports.

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The police were summoned to the location after an individual had reported a "suspicious vehicle" according to ABC News 5 Cleveland.

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They believed that the man was under influence, and they tried to convince the man to get out of the car however, Stewart was reportedly trying to leave the scene. 

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Rhodes then jumped into the vehicle and they engaged in a brawl. 

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Rhodes engaged in a taser attack on Stewart to hit him and then hit him with four deadly shots. Stewart was not armed.

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It was his mother, Mary Stewart, filed an action for wrongful death in the case of Rhodes at the time of his death in 2021. 

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After deliberations this week, the jury decided to award compensatory damages, which were intended to make reparations for the family's losses but it failed to indict the officer or to order punitive damages.

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