A Prince George’s County, Md., jury has awarded $3.7 million in damages against an undercover narcotics police corporal who followed an unarmed college student to Virginia and fatally shot him more than five years ago, reports the Washington Post. After following Prince C. Jones Jr., 25, Cpl. Carlton B. Jones, sitting in an unmarked SUV, fired 16 shots at the student in his Jeep, hitting him eight times. Five of the shots hit Prince Jones (no relation) in the back. The highly publicized shooting sparked a Justice Department investigation into allegations of brutality and racism by the county police department, which has been accused of excessive force for decades.
That investigation ended a year ago, when the county announced an agreement with the Justice Department promising that the police department would take steps designed to reduce excessive force. The county paid $4.6 million in police misconduct verdicts and lawsuits in the fiscal year that ended last June. If the verdict stands, the county will have paid out more than $20 million in jury awards and settlements since 2000 in lawsuits alleging misconduct by police officers.