A Florida The jury has awarded the parents of a young black boy who was fatally hit by a car after deputies ejected him from a state fair $15 million after finding the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responsible for damages.
The parents of Andrew Joseph III, a 14-year-old black boy who died in February 2014, will split the award 50/50, saying they were “thrilled” with the win and called the verdict a “day of vindication”.
“This kid has done nothing wrong. Fifteen million [dollars] Respect it,” the boy’s father, Andrew Joseph Jr., told the press. “We are delighted at this moment,” added his mother, Deanna Joseph Atlanta Black Star.
Last Thursday, a ten juror in a Tampa federal court ruled in the untimely death of Joseph III after he was hit by a car while attempting to cross Interstate 4 eight years ago.
CBS 12 News reports that in the moments leading up to his death, the boy had just been removed by officials from the Florida State Fair.
— The Root (@TheRoot) February 6, 2016
Joseph III was a fair to attend Student Day, a longstanding tradition where kids can enter for free, according to the outlet.
Verdict ends years of debate over the death of a boy many called him a child, others a criminal
The verdict comes after years of debate over the boy’s death, with many in the Black Lives Matter camp calling it pointless while others sought to portray the child as a criminal.
MPs said the boy and a couple of other teenagers were kicked off the fair for “going wild” or causing a disturbance by knocking over other fair-goers and reportedly stealing vendors.
Officers reportedly grabbed two of his friends before throwing him out. He was allegedly caught for helping to pick up another boy’s hat after dropping it while running.
However, according to a 2016 editorial, authorities have been criticized for their portrayal of the boy, who many argued was classified as a criminal, not a child, despite his young age The root.
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Family of boy killed after state deportation allege his civil rights were violated by MPs
Deputy imprisoned and expelled Joseph, who his parents claim violated his civil rights.
Joseph and about 99 other teenagers were questioned and photographed before being removed from the fair and taken home, the Atlanta Black Star reports.
The defense alleges that the boy was offered a ride by his soccer coach after being kicked out of the fair, but he eventually turned it down.
Instead, he attempted to cross the freeway alone, but was struck by an SUV before he could make it to the main gate via the expressway.
The defendant’s attorney, Robert Fulton, who represented MPs, told the outlet: “It was not foreseeable that anyone would exit and enter the motorway.”
Meanwhile, the plaintiff’s attorneys argued that authorities should never have put the boy in this situation and should have been escorted safely across the busy freeway or detained until a ride could be found.
In the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa, @HCSOSheriff is from the parents of Andrew Joseph III. brought to justice, a black teenager who was killed by a car after being removed from the fair by sheriff’s deputies. The experiment lasted 6 yearshttps://t.co/2KrFKCJWmv pic.twitter.com/TdM1KcHMlk
— Justin Garcia (@JustinGarciaFL) 09/12/2022
“A child should never have been placed in that position,” family attorney Chris Anulewicz said in the closing arguments. “He shouldn’t have been put in a position to attempt this alone. They owed Andrew a duty not to put him in a dangerous situation, and they didn’t.”
Authorities claimed the boy’s own decisions were responsible for his death, and not any police officers
On the other hand, the defense claimed that the boy’s own decisions caused his death, adding that officers “did not cause Andrew’s injury” nor did they “cause his death.”
“We do not discount the loss of the Joseph family,” Fulton said. “Nothing presented in the past eight days has changed the fact that Cpl. Clark didn’t hurt Andrew and the sheriff didn’t cause his death.”
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However, the jury ultimately found the department to be 90 percent responsible for the teen’s death and that he was responsible for 10 percent, reports the Black Star.
Joseph’s parents thanked “God for the ears that have heard this case,” and also thanked the judge and jury after the verdict.
“We thank God for the judge. We thank God for the jury. We thank God for the ears that have heard this case,” the father said, according to ABC Action News.
A portion of the money will be donated to the Andrew Joseph Foundation, according to the outlet.
The sheriff’s office may appeal the verdict.
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