Salvato Verdict Reached
Marion County, FL -- The verdict is in - after seven hours of deliberations today two Marion County deputies have been found responsible for using excessive force against a man from Summerfield.
21-year-old Joshua Salvato was killed in an altercation with deputies in July 2012.
$2.1 Million - that's how much the Marion County Sheriff's Office will have to pay in damages to the Salvato family.
The jury of three men and five women found Sheriff Chris Blair and Deputies Lauren Miley and Norman Brown responsible for using deadly force that resulted in the wrongful death of Salvato.
On the night of July 6, 2012 the deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call saying Salvato was yelling at cars in Summerfield.
The dash cam video from Brown's patrol car shows the deputies handcuffing an unarmed Salvato, who's on the ground.
Salvato gets up and starts fighting the deputies, and as he retreats, Miley shoots him in the abdomen, killing him.
After the fatal shot, the Salvato family claims Brown tased Salvato twelve times in the next six minutes.
Theodore Leopold, one of the family's lawyers, said justice was served today.
"The jury spoke for him today, and the jury spoke saying that you the sheriff's office need to investigate your officers, you the officers, cannot act with impunity, you have to be responsible," said Leopold.
The deputies involved were cleared criminally in a Grand Jury investigation.
Sheriff Chris Blair said in a statement he won't comment since he is considering further legal action with his counsel.
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