Heroin addict with 19 arrests who dragged a NYPD agent with his car and forced another police officer to shoot him, is awarded $ 11 million by a jury after being partially paralyzed
- A jury in the Bronx awarded $ 11 million to a man who was partially paralyzed after being shot by the police during a 2006 traffic stop
- Raoul Lopez was persuaded by Sgt. Phillipe Blanchard and Zinos Konstantinides
- Lopez was asked to turn off his engine, but instead to accelerate while Officer Konstantinides reached in the car
- Blanchard fired a single shot at the man who hit him in the neck
- Lopez was acquitted of assaulting vehicles in the case and filed a lawsuit against the city in 2007; after a seven-day trial, he received $ 11 million on Wednesday
- His lawyer asked the jury to consider between $ 6 and $ 9 million for lost income – although Lopez had no job at the time of the incident
A self-proclaimed heroin addict who was arrested nearly 20 times received $ 11 million from New York City after being shot in the neck by a NYPD officer.
Raoul Lopez, now 40, sued the city for what was initially a stop in February 2006, causing him to become partially paralyzed after being shot by a cop.
Lopez, who was 27 at the time of the incident, had driven through a stop sign on East 169th Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx when he was pulled by Sgt. Philippe Blanchard and officer Zinos Konstantinides.
A jury awarded $ 11 million to a man who was partially paralyzed after being shot by the police during a 2006 traffic stop along the Grand Concourse, pictured, in the Bronx
Konstantinides told Lopez to turn off his engine, but Lopez refused to do this.
Just as Konstantinides reached through the window of the Honda to get the keys, Lopez hit the gas and dragged the officer with him.
His partner, Sgt Blanchard, fired a shot with Lopez in the neck. Blanchard claimed he had no choice but to open fire to possibly save his partner's life.
However, Lopez presented a completely different story and claimed that he was ordered to hand over a bag of drugs.
After he finds the bag in the car and dumps it, he says that Blanchard shot him in the neck.
Although the bullet did not cut his spinal cord, he remained partially paralyzed and was quadriplegic for some time.
He remains partially paralyzed along his right side according to long documents seen through the New York Post.
Lopez was acquitted in court of criminal mistreatment and mistreatment of vehicles in the case.
Officer Blanchard's shot was also & # 39; not within the guidelines of the & # 39; considered during a NYPD assessment. Konstantinides later retired to the department.
After being acquitted of the charges, Lopez then decided to sue the city and, after a seven-day trial, $ 11 million was awarded by a jury from the Bronx Supreme Court.
His lawyer, Brett Klein, asked the jury to consider between $ 6 and $ 9 million for lost income – although Lopez had no job at the time of the incident.
& # 39; Raoul Lopez was an unarmed driver who was unnecessarily shot in the neck during what the police described as a routine traffic stop, & # 39; Klein said in a statement.
& # 39; He was initially a quadriplegic and through hard work he has made great progress. But the loss of the function of his right arm and other permanent effects of this shooting will stay with him for the rest of his life. We are grateful that a Bronx jury has held the city responsible for this unlawful shooting. & # 39;
The city has said that the case may not be over yet and is considering an appeal.
& # 39; The fraction of a second by an officer probably prevented this driver from dragging an officer to his death, an answer that in our opinion was justified & # 39 ;, the city legal department wrote in a statement.
& # 39; We absolutely disagree with this judgment and look at the legal possibilities of the city. & # 39;