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Deputy’s property seized, to be sold at auction to pay off shooting victim

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Marshals seized personal belongings of a Florida sheriff’s deputy to help pay the expenses of a 23-year-old man he shot and paralyzed.

Attorney Jack Scarola tells the Palm Beach Post (http://pbpo.st/2inndMY ) he got permission from a federal magistrate to take property from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin to help pay a $22.4 million jury verdict awarded to Dontrell Stephens last year.

On Saturday, marshals took Lin’s car, clothes, television and furniture.

The move outraged Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association president John Kazanjian who says in 37 years he’s never heard of an officer’s belongings being taken to sell on the auction block.

Lin, an Asian-American, shot Stephens in 2013. Stephens was unarmed when Lin stopped him for riding his bicycle into traffic.

Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Good, getting a judgement isn’t enough to pay the bills that the victim incurred. He deserves justice and I wonder if it would have been necessary if the perp, a policeman in this instance, had offered to pay restitution in the first place.
    I would like to see if any other police persons of other races, who are found guilty of such a crime, are in the same position getting their belongings siezed.. Ihope this isn’t another form of racism by being stricter with an Asian-American..

  2. THE COPS NEVER LEARN. THEY ARE ALWAYS QUICK TO SHOOT A BLACK MAN. THIS MAN HAD NO GUN BUT YET HE WAS SHOT . WHY WAS THAT ? HMMMM??? NOW YOU UNDERSTAND WHY WE PEOPLE SAY ..BLACK LIVES MATTER….JUST NOT TO RACIST BAD POLICE OFFICERS.. WE WILL DEFEND OURSELVES AT ALL COST AGAINST THESE RACIST COPS. FOR SURE..

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