A group of federal judges from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling of qualified immunity for a group of officers in West Virginia. The ruling came in the case of Wayne Jones, a Black man shot and killed by five police officers in 2013.
The Brown Firm has recently announced that they have successfully overturned a wrongful case dismissal pertaining to the use of deadly force on a homeless schizophrenic black man. The case had been repeatedly dismissed and has been successfully appealed and overturned by the firm each time.
In Martinsburg, W. VA, the family of a man who was shot 22 times by police has reached a settlement totaling $3.5 million. Wayne Jones, a black man with schizophrenia, was stopped by police in 2013. Police stopped him for walking in the road, and ultimately killed him that day.
The case was dismissed three times, until a federal appeals judge reversed the lower court’s decision last month. This reversal was in hopes of showing a powerful message against police use of deadly force.
After the trial court dismissed the case, Christopher Brown took on the appeal, and went in to win three appeals which resulted in $3.5 million settlement for the family.