A report-breaking settlement has been achieved in between the widow of Julian Lewis and the Point out of Georgia, following Lewis was shot and killed in 2020 by a Georgia Condition Patrol trooper.
According to a launch by Hall & Lampros law business that represented Lewis’ relatives, the $4.8 million tort settlement is the most significant in Georgia’s record centered on point out records dating back again to 1990 and knowledge supplied by the Georgia Section of Administrative Companies.
“Our hearts grieve for Betty Lewis, who lost her Golden Decades with her spouse due to the fact of unwarranted and pointless fatal force through what should have been a plan visitors prevent,” reported Andrew Lampros, co-founder and companion at Hall & Lampros in Atlanta. “The events of that August night must by no means have transpired.”
In November, Lewis’ loved ones and his illustration introduced their intention to sue the state for $12 million for civil legal rights violations and Lewis’ loss of life.
What occurred to Lewis?
Lewis, 60, was driving down Stoney Pond Street, a nation filth roadway in Screven County on Aug. 7, 2020, when Georgia Point out Patrol trooper Jacob Thompson started pursuing Lewis for the reason that of a non-functioning taillight on his automobile.
Thompson performed a PIT maneuver on Lewis forcing the auto into a ditch. Thompson then exited his cruiser and approached Lewis’s car or truck.
Thompson mentioned he feared for his lifetime when Lewis revved his motor and wrenched the steering wheel. Thompson, who is white, shot Lewis, who is Black, killing him.
Was the officer charged?
Thomson was dismissed from the Georgia State Patrol after being billed with felony murder and aggravated assault, but a Screven County Grand Jury chose not to indict him on June 28, 2021.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ga announced in September that it was launching an investigation, in consultation with the FBI, into Lewis’ loss of life. The announcement arrived following a protest march by Lewis’s family members and activists demanding an investigation. Thursday, a spokesman for the office said it does not remark on an active investigation.
A cellular phone phone made after 5 p.m. to the Office environment of the Attorney Common of Ga was not right away returned for comment.
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