A jury has awarded $600,000 to a Prince George’s County man who sued police after an officer shot him to stop a car he was riding in.
The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2ff0WA3) reports a jury recently awarded damages to 30-year-old Darren Jones following a trial in a Greenbelt, Md. federal court.
Jones says police used excessive force by shooting him at least three times in April 2014 after responding to a woman’s report that her boyfriend, Carlos Barksdale, was kicking in her garage door.
Jones was inside the car when police said Barksdale drove toward them and struck Officer Gary Allen, prompting Allen to shoot. Jones and Barksdale say the car never touched Allen and was moving away when the officer opened fire.
An internal investigation concluded the officers were justified in the shooting.