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Jury deliberations begin in police shooting

Jury deliberations begin in police shooting”

He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

"In this unique set of circumstances, you had a legitimate use of force on the first encounter, when the officer reasonably thought that he was presented with the threat of death or great bodily harm". The shooting last August had led to days of protests and violence.

Heaggan-Brown's first shot hit Smith in his arm.

Smith, who was armed, fled within seconds of the officers getting out of their squad vehicle.

Defense attorney Jonathan Smith stated, "Obviously, everyone recognizes there was a loss of life, and I don't think any officer would want to be put in that situation and to have to make those decisions that he did, but those decisions were made, and I think the jury properly evaluated them". They were escorted out by a group of sheriff's deputies.

Outside court, Smith's sister called for peace and his father, Patrick, said the verdict was "disrespectful". "I feel like no matter what it is, these police officers all over the world, they can just literally murder you", said a stepsister, Shannon Daniels.

Heaggan-Brown stared at the judge as the verdict was read with little reaction.

"There is not joy in a case like this".

Heagann-Brown, who faced up to 60 years in prison, "engaged in a pervasive pattern of excessive force and misconduct", according to the family's civil suit filed against the city after the criminal trial verdict, yet he was allowed to stay on the force.

Smith was fleeing and had a gun. The protesters burned eight businesses and a police auto. Forty demonstrators were arrested and a handful of officers hurt.

Officers chased Smith on foot after he ran from a traffic stop near 44th and Auer. But in others, she added, juries seem to disregard the facts, such as in the shooting of Walter Scott in SC as he was running away from officers, and in the Castile slaying. That's when he said he locked his taser back in his holster and pulled out his gun.

Smith slipped and fell near a fence, dropping his gun. He started reaching for it as he stood up, with his left hand holding the fence.

This is the moment Smith was shot twice - once before, and once after he threw the gun.

One of the victims alleged that Heagann-Brown assaulted her just one day after Smith's fatal shooting.

Studies have shown conscious and unconscious fear of African-American men plays out in numerous ways, including in exchanges between police and blacks. The jury deliberated about 10 hours. His first trial ended last November with a hung jury. Twenty-nine officers, or 34 percent, have been convicted, often for a lesser offense. The remaining cases are pending.

Flynn says the jury saw the same evidence he did and came to the same conclusion. But he told investigators in an interview after the shooting that he had guessed that Mr. Smith was involved in a drug deal because he was driving a vehicle with out-of-state plates.



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