It makes no sense, but a New Jersey man has been found guilty on all counts in assaulting a police officer, when the officer was the one who assaulted him.
Kwadir Felton, 22, was shot in the face by Jersey City Police Sgt. Thomas McVicar back on January 10th, in 2010. As a result of the shooting, he actually went blind.
But none of that mattered to the judge, because the officer claimed that he had a gun. But Felton, along with his friends and family say that he never had any weapon at all.
McVicar was undeterred by this detail. He testified that he shot Felton after Felton pointed a gun at him. As “evidence” he produced an illegal, blackmarket, unregistered gun, that critics argue was planted on Felton after he was shot and the officer realized he was unarmed.
Felton’s mother, Dawn Felton, cried and collapsed on the ground when the verdict was read.
Judge Paul DePascale told everyone in the courtroom to sit down, but Felton remained in shock at the verdict. He could not move.
Defense attorney Brooke Barnett said that Felton’s mother had recently had open-heart surgery. As a result, the court proceedings were briefly stopped to help her regain her seat.
But she couldn’t calm down, so armed men in uniform dragged her away, out of the court room.
“I don’t understand!” Felton exclaimed. “You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!”
Barnett said she was shocked at the verdict.
“This was definitely not expected,” she explained. “Sometimes, the jury doesn’t get it right, and I think in this case, it’s a very sad example of that.”
“I thought minimum they would find him guilty of conspiracy, but I sure as hell didn’t expect them to find him guilty of having a gun on him that night.”
Felton is facing up to a maximum of 30 years in prison, eligible for parole after 15 years, since he was found guilty of “conspiracy to distribute and/or conspiracy to possess controlled substances with intent to distribute PCP, heroin, and marijuana; possession of a firearm during the course of committing a drug offense; unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit; possessing a firearm with the purpose to use it unlawfully against a person or property of another; and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm.”
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(Article by S. Wooten and M. David)