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Black Man Killed by Cop in His Own Garage for Loud Music Complaint, Jury Awards Family $4

Four dollars can buy you four items at a dollar store (not including tax), or maybe even lunch off of a value menu at a fast food restaurant. To suggest that $4 covers a family’s pain and suffering and funeral expenses for a 30-year-old Black man shot in the head by a white sheriff’s deputy in his own home isn’t just ridiculous, it’s an intended insult.


A federal court jury in St. Lucie County, Fla., awarded the family of Gregory Hill Jr. $4 last week. According to TCPalm, $1 is for Hill’s mother, Viola Bryant, to cover funeral expenses and each of Hill’s three children get $1 for mental pain and suffering and loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance.

The jury decided that in his official capacity, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara was negligent but was only 1 percent liable. So the sheriff’s office must pay only 4 cents toward the $4.

Bryant filed the lawsuit in 2016, on behalf of her son’s estate, which was seeking at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

Hill was fatally shot in the garage of his home in Fort Pierce, Fla., by St. Lucie County Deputy Christopher Newman in 2014, after a mother picking up her child at a school across the street complained to police about loud music.

When Newman and his partner knocked on the garage and front doors, Hill opened the garage and he was quickly shot.

“Hill stood facing out of the garage with his left hand on the door and his right hand down,” TCPalm reports. “Newman drew his gun, and as the garage door started to go down, fired four times toward Hill, tracking upward.”

He shot Hill twice in the abdomen and once in the head through the garage door.

Newman was not charged in Hill’s death.

Police said an unloaded gun was found in Hill’s back pocket the gun was not pointed at the officers; it was in his pocket with no bullets.

The sheriff’s office was also quick to point out that tests showed Hill’s blood-alcohol content was 0.40, which is five times the driving limit. It seems the jury used that to place the blame on Hill.

Even if Hill was intoxicated, he was at home and of legal age to drink.

“I don’t get it,” the family lawyer, John M. Phillips, told The New York Times of the jury’s decision.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Hill’s fiance, Monique Davis, said. “There are a lot of questions I want to ask.”

Jurors did not stay after the verdict last Thursday to speak with lawyers and have not approached him since, Phillips said.

Sheriff Mascara issued a statement on Facebook:

“We are pleased to see this difficult and tragic incident come to a conclusion. Deputy Newman was placed in a very difficult situation, and like so many fellow law enforcement officers must do every day, he made the best decision he could for the safety of his partner, himself, and the public given the circumstances he faced.

“We appreciate the jury’s time and understanding and wish everyone involved in this case the best as they move forward.”

Hill’s family has created a GoFundMe page.

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12 Comments

  1. This is a disgrace to this family $4 dollar. And I bet the officer that killed him making a joke about it. This is very sad. Cant wait to God make the judgment on everyone associated they self in this decision.

  2. What kind of people that on a jury would do this to this young man family whose life was taken was a human life just a joke to them? Apparently it was for this amount of money to be paid to this family.You know it is amazing how many people today do not believe you shall reap what you sow. Those people on that jury will be accountable to God for their actions..Do they realize what the bible tells us of generational curses? .People who do not know God the Father will have their day in the highest court in the world where the Judge Jury and the one who sentence them will be God himself. We are walking in an evil day where right is wrong and wrong is right. Revelation tells us of the two book one with your deeds in it and another the book of life.Doubt if some of their names will be in the second book.God is not to be mocked you shall reap what you sow. When they stand before God they will all be sinners in the hands of an angry God that will not show any pity on them either .Condolences to this family stand still and know he is God he will fight this battle he is your battle axe in this storm .He is still in charge nothing is hidden from him David had to fight many battles and many times he was told to stand still and he saw the salvation of the Lord.This family will too just be still and know he is God.May the God of Heaven create in them a clean heart and renew a right spirit within them.- who made this decision– Be blessed family Minister B. Barnes .

    • James C Barnes

      You’re reading the wrong Books Minister Barnes. These gentiles are not held to the Laws of the Covenant our ancestors made with The Almighty. Revelations is a book of lies. The 24 Books of the Tanakh make it clear that we are the seed of The Most High and the people who kill us are our eternal enemies. They are the sons of the adversary.

  3. This is just another example of why I boycott FL. Something wrong with the thinking of the people there . Corrupt government, too.

  4. It just goes to show that our lives , as people of color makes no difference. Forever a society of racist bigots, the same everywhere. Even in sports, majority of players are black. But how many black coaches, how many black announcers, how many black anchor men on the news. We have to face it, things are not going to change, God said were you think there is peace, there will never be peace. This world is coming to a end, these people killing off black people definitely will reap what they sow. I put all these racist people in Gods hand, God says thou shalt not kill. People of color, have never taught our kids to hate another race. That mess comes from bigots who think because there white , there right. We will see who is right when you come before God, so things are not going to change. God said , if you love this earth, you are a enemy to Him. You folks out here killing people because the color of there skin, when your burning in hell, because you have not done what Hod intended for us to do, which is serve Him. Your skin color won’t matter, because you will burn for ever lasting to ever lasting. Seek God , you bigot racist fools. Or you will feel the raft of God, everybody is not going to heaven like some ignorant people think. Hell is made for a reason ,get your life right, or feel God’s raft. He is the judge and jury

  5. I would love to see any video coverage from the scene. There’s not enough info to make a determination as to what had transpired.

  6. Patricia Thomas

    Your articles are very informative.

  7. It’s sad that America is a racist country, A white man can kill a black child, man,woman nothing be done about . Blacks didn’t ask to come to America , they was force too(slavery) A white man is the Devil!!

  8. The Klan has regularly boasted about infiltrating Police Departments, to the extent that the FBI got involved…under reported, and under investigated, in my book.

  9. That’s an insult and the judge and jury should be ashamed of themselves, if he had been white and the tables was turned it been different in the amount!

  10. Is there any movie from the cop’s mobile camera?

    • George Anderson

      And you wonder blacks hate the law enforcement. That $4 was an intended slap in the face.

      But meanwhile Whites can come charging at police and get warnings everytime.

      Shoot up Schools, Shoot up Movie Theaters, shhot up Black Churches, and get taken into custody alive.

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