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Memphis man who was shot by a US marshal awarded $81,456 in damages

Jahmazeo Richardson, the then 20-year-old driver of this car, was stopped by a task force of U.S. marshals and local law enforcement as he drove home from work April 1, 2015. The U.S. Marshals Service produced photos from the scene, where Richardson was shot at, in the course of a civil trial. Richardson's lawyer, Robert Spence, blurred the faces of the officers.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Closing a case involving a non-fatal U.S. Marshals shooting and the question of fair compensation for post-traumatic stress, federal Judge Jon McCalla ordered an $81,456 payment to 24-year-old Jahmazeo Richardson of Memphis, in a ruling issued Wednesday.

The figure is more than three times the $25,000 amount that Assistant U.S. Attorney David Brackstone, the lawyer representing the U.S. Marshals Service, asked the judge to consider as the maximum fair compensation.  

That Richardson posed no threat was not in contention at trial. Nor was the fact that marshal Mark Carney violated the agency’s use of force policy in shooting at him on April 1, 2015.   

That evening, as Richardson drove home from the Coca-Cola plant where he worked, the then-20-year-old was pulled over and surrounded by a seven-member task force of U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement officers. With the permission of a Memphis police officer, Richardson then reached for his registration. 

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