Sheriff Won't Pay Man Left Paralyzed By Deputy

Oct 24, 2018

A Florida sheriff's office says it has not settled a lawsuit and won't pay millions to a black man who became a quadriplegic when a deputy shot him.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Tuesday saying it would oppose paying 25-year-old Dontrell Stephens more than the $200,000 it has already paid him. The Palm Beach Post originally reported Monday the lawsuit had been settled, but later updated the story.

Sgt. Adams Lin shot Stephens in 2013 after stopping him for riding his bike into traffic, saying he mistook Stephens' cellphone for a gun.

A federal jury in 2016 awarded Stephens $22 million but under Florida law, government agencies cannot pay more than $200,000 without the Legislature's approval. The sheriff's office said Tuesday it opposed any additional payment.