The Providence Journal reported today that the Town of North Kingstown has agreed to pay $7 million to the family of Mark Kilcline, a teenager who was left paralyzed after North Kingstown police officers shot him nearly a dozen times in 2009. (Disclosure: I have represented Mark and the Kilcline family.)
Having met Mark and his family, it is hard to contemplate what justice means in a case like this. Mark was a quiet, brilliant, angel. There is no bringing Mark back. There is no solving the mental and physical anguish for Mark and his family. But, this settlement will offset the financial harm that has come to the family. And, this settlement will be a stark reminder to law enforcement that there are consequences for their actions (similar to the Jason Swift case). Ultimately, one must hope that this settlement brings as much peace as possible to all parties involved.
Mark F. Kilcline filed suit in U.S. District Court in 2010, accusing the police of excessive force, gross negligence and brutality after the Feb. 8, 2009, shooting that left him critically injured and permanently paralyzed. Kilcline died in April at Rhode Island Hospital. …The settlement is expected to be confirmed Dec. 12 before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith.
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