Settlement ends McDole investigation - talks between family, police to begin


Settlement ends McDole investigation - talks between family, police to begin
  1. Settlement ends McDole investigation - talks between family, police to begin
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    The $1.5 million deal settling the lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole has been…
    Delaware (DE)

The $1.5 million deal settling the lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole has been approved.

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A federal judge signed off on the settlement between McDole’s family and the city of Wilmington Tuesday.  

The family sued the city and the four officers who shot the city of Wilmington’s attorney Mike Cochran wasn’t available for comment Wednesday wheelchair bound McDole in September 2015, claiming racial discrimination and that the 28-year-old McDole would not have been shot if he were white.

McDole family attorney Tom Crumplar says settlement discussions began before the discovery process and further depositions of police involved could take place.

“A little bit unusual that the settlement occurred early on in the process of the case," Crumplar said. "But an awful lot had been developed in terms of facts simply based upon the Department of Justice investigation.There would have been far more investigation done if the case had proceeded.”

Crumplar says cell phone video footage of the shooting played a major role in the case.

 

“The real difference was the cell phone video," Crumplar said. "That’s a revolution that you’re seeing in cases around the country. Which you didn’t get just a few years ago.”

 

Crumplar was also involved in the wrongful death case of 25-year-old former Marine Derek Hale, who was shot and killed by Wilmington police in 2006.

 

That case was also settled - with Hale’s wid…

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