FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young black man left paralyzed when shot by a sheriff’s deputy is expected to be cross-examined in the federal trial over his lawsuit.
Dontrell Stephens is expected to resume testifying Friday. The 22-year-old man testified Thursday that his hands were up and he was unarmed when he was shot in September 2013 by Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin. The Asian-American deputy says Stephens had reached for his waistband and had thrust his left hand forward while holding a dark object, making him think he was about to shoot him.
Stephens says the shooting violated his civil rights and is seeking over $5 million in damages.
Stephens says he is in such constant pain he often finds himself crying. Lin has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing.