The family of a Florida man killed by a sheriff's deputy has been awarded four cents by a federal jury.
The jury found on Thursday that 30-year-old Gregory Hill Jr was 99 percent responsible for his death because he was intoxicated and the St Lucie County Sheriff's Office was one percent responsible.
The jury awarded Hill's relatives $4 in damages, which was reduced to just four cents because of the one percent finding of liability on the part of the Sheriff's office by the jury.
'That a black child's pain is only worth a dollar is exactly the problem with the plight of the African-American right now. This says, black lives don't matter,' John Bryant, attorney for Hill's family, told CNN.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started for Hill's three children, ages 13, 10, and 7.iPhone transfer software
The family of Gregory Hill Jr (second from right(, 30, who was killed by a Florida sheriff's deputy in his garage in January 2014, has been awarded four cents by a federal jury, based on the jury finding Hill 99 percent to blame
The jury award was broken down to $1 for Hill's mother, Viola Bryant, for funeral expenses and $1 to each of Hill’s three children. The $1 for each of his children was intended to compensate them for loss of parental companionship, instruction, guidance, mental pain and suffering.
Phillips went on to call the ruling 'perplexing' given that funeral expenses alone cost the family $11,000, and wondered why the jury would award any amount at all if it were only going to award one dollar for each child's suffering.
St Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement, 'We are pleased to see this difficult and tragic incident come to a conclusion,' and expressed his support for Newman's actions.
'Deputy Newman was placed in a very difficult