Taken for a robber in his own house: the police made an American disabled
A resident of South Carolina settled the lawsuit against the Charleston County Sheriff’s office, putting an end to many years of fighting after an officer shot him in his own home, mistaking him for a robber.
Bryant Hayward, who was paralyzed after firing on 2015 of the year, settled his lawsuit against the sheriff’s office on $ 750 000. This amount is far from the original $ 25 million that he requested.
Hayward called 911 during an armed robbery of his home in Hollywood, South Carolina, west of Charleston. When the police arrived at the scene, they saw a man with a gun in his hand.
From the 911 call recording, one can hear the victim telling the dispatcher that two men with weapons are trying to break into his house, knocking on the window. Later, during a conversation, he begged the dispatcher that the police be quick.
By the time the police arrived, the robbers escaped. Agents said they did not know that the landlord was armed.
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Hayward filed a lawsuit in 2017 after he was paralyzed from the neck down after firing, and for the rest of his life, he now needs constant medical attention. According to his lawyer, he cannot eat, swim, he has developed pressure sores and diabetes.
“This is a very difficult case. Bryant is a completely innocent guy, and everything that could go wrong went wrong, ”said his lawyer Justin Bamberg on Sunday.
“His life has changed forever, but he is one of those lucky ones who survived an unsuccessful meeting with law enforcement,” he added.
The lawyer said that the lawsuit with the sheriff’s office was settled in May, but his client wanted to keep it secret because of fear for his safety. Now he hopes his story will be an inspiration to others.
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