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Jury Awards $8.8M to Family of Robber Shot by Cops

May 09, 2013  | 

A federal jury awarded $8.8 million to the family of a robbery suspect fatally shot by Culver City (Calif.) Police in 2010 during a traffic stop.

The U.S. District Court on Wednesday unanimously awarded $2 million to each of Lejoy Grissom's four children and added $825,000.

Grissom, 27, was pulled over by a Culver City PD officer in a parking lot as a suspect in the robbery of a nearby electronics store. Four other officers responded to the scene along with a supervisor.

The officers drew their weapons and ordered Grissom out of his vehicle. Moments after he exited the vehicle, Officer Luis Martinez fired three rounds from a subgun that fatally struck Grissom.

Martinez testified that Grissom had his back to the officers and turned to reveal a shiny object, while the other officers testified that he was facing them and unarmed, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Jury Awards, Deadly Force, California


Comments (7)

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westcoastleo @ 5/9/2013 3:29 PM

Well, I was not on the jury and was not the sheriff's investigator so I have no comment. The guy did infact rob the store from what the L.A. Crimes said. At least he won't be robbing anymore stores.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/9/2013 4:11 PM

define 'shiny object'...

OLD SGT @ 5/9/2013 5:58 PM

CRIME DOESN'T PAY......UM???

LT @ 5/9/2013 7:38 PM

Calif. juries are as crazy as bed bugs! Bet if it was their house or business that got robbed they would have a different outlook. Bye, bye bad guy and good job good guys.

JK @ 5/10/2013 9:13 AM

California isn't the wild west anymore and we don't shoot unarmed suspects for stepping out of their car. He may have been a robber, and maybe not, but he won't be a father or a husband anymore - that's for sure.

Jim A @ 5/10/2013 4:35 PM

Crime does pay - for your kids! But I agree. I was not on the jury and don't know at all what was presented. (But I can guess that a super-liberal, bleeding heart jury would see things differently than I would!)

House @ 5/11/2013 5:59 AM

@JK in case you havent noticed California sure looks like the wild west last time ive seen the news. the people from there tell me that shit also. its a liberal ass state where the criminal justice system hugs thugs and gives them "3 strikes your out" with a 2 year prison sentence for armed robbery. so whatever. with how many cops having there weapons pointed at the dirtbag? why was he messing with any kind of shiny object? next time he should just put his hands up eh? oh wait there wont be a next time...but dont worry im sure he has a bunch of kids (because most dirtbags have alot) so im sure theyll deal with them also. but he wont father anymore children that my tax dollars have to support. and im sure he has a bunch of baby mommas also. give me a fucking break with your bleeding heart liberal!

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