A federal judge will set a new trial date in Leon Ford's civil lawsuit against the officer who shot and paralyzed him during a traffic stop in 2012 after a jury cleared another officer in that incident on Tuesday.
The judge said that will happen early next year.
Supporters offered handshakes and words of support for Ford as he left the courthouse after a jury cleared Pittsburgh police Officer Andrew Miller of civil rights violations and deadlocked in the excessive force case against Officer Dave Derbish.
The violent confrontation was caught on police video. Derbish fired five shots as he and Ford scuffled inside the car as it pulled away during the traffic stop in Highland Park. Ford claims the car was inadvertently knocked into gear.
“There is nothing reasonable about what those officers did to Leon,” said Fred Rabner, Ford’s attorney. “We are not at all surprised about the decision regarding Officer Miller. Officer Derbish is wholly responsible for causing the harm to Leon and his lifelong injuries.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Ford issued a scathing statement about the trial and the officers.
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“We feel we have convinced many of the jurors, we just didn't convince them all,” Rabner said. “We will rectify that and we will come back stronger.”
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