Leon Ford, left, his father Leon Ford Sr., and mother Latonya Green are all smiles after a jury rendered a partial verdict finding Ford not guilty of aggravated assault at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
A federal court jury has begun deliberating a second day in the civil rights trial of a lawsuit filed by a black motorist who was paralyzed by a white Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop.
Twenty-four-year-old Leon Ford is suing Officers David Derbish and Anthony Miller for the November 2012 traffic stop that saw Derbish shoot Ford five times. Miller’s being sued for assault and battery.
Ford claims the officers mistook him for a gang member with a similar name, age and appearance and treated him aggressively.
The officers contend Ford resisted when they tried to pull him out of the car to frisk him and that Derbish fired only because Ford drove away with Derbish kneeling and struggling with Ford in the car. Ford claims the car was inadvertently knocked into gear.