Sunday, May 16, 2004

St. Petersburg, Florida - The jury in the TyRon Lewis case returned a verdict in favor of the city yesterday. TyRon, who was black, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in 1996, he was unarmed at the time, but allegedly refused to leave his vehicle and was attempting to hit an officer with it. His death sparked nights of rioting in St. Petersburg. A riot broke out on Wednesday, but a large prepared police presence saw that there were no out bursts following the verdict. TyRon's family, who filed the 1.6 million wrongful death suit, may appeal.