Chicago mother whose son killed by police awarded $8.5 million

Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

CHICAGO, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A jury in Chicago has awarded $8.5 million to a woman whose teenage son was fatally shot in the back by a city police officer.

Annie Johnson said Friday she hopes the verdict returned Thursday will send a message to others who question the police account of how their children were killed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"There's been a lot of times I wanted to give up, but I never give up on my kids," Johnson said at a news conference at her attorney's office.

Johnson's son, Aaron Harrison, 18, was shot while running from the police in 2007. An officer had contended Harrison turned and pointed a gun at him during the chase. But the family's attorney, James Montgomery, said witnesses testified they saw no gun near Harrison until after police handcuffed him. Montgomery said he believed the jury realized the police version didn't add up, the newspaper said.

The first trial in the civil case ended in a mistrial in May, but the second jury took less than 3 hours to reach its decision.

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