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Jury deadlocks, told to continue deliberating in police shooting trial

PITTSBURGH — Jurors in a civil rights trial against two Pittsburgh police officers still have not come to a verdict after three days of deliberations.

The suit was brought by Leon Ford, who was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police in 2012.

The trial began two weeks ago and deliberations got underway Tuesday. But early Friday morning, the jury indicated they were deadlocked.


Federal Judge Maureen Kelly sent the jurors back in and asked them to try again.

Ford is suing officers David Derbish and Andrew Miller, after Derbish shot Ford during a traffic stop in November 2012.

Ford is now paralyzed and is suing the officers for excessive force.


The officers have long insisted they thought Ford had a gun and they feared for their lives.

The jury is expected back in Tuesday morning to continue deliberating.

Channel 11 talked to Judge Kelly outside the courtroom today and she said she had no idea if and when the jurors will come to a verdict