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Jury awards $360K to plaintiffs in Mark Barmore civil trial

From the Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — After a three-week civil trial, a jury today found that Rockford Police Department officers Stan North and Oda Poole were reckless when they shot and killed Mark Anthony Barmore in a downtown church. The jury awarded cash compensation to several plaintiffs, though not nearly as much as they had sought.

Plaintiffs asked for $4 million, but the award was about $360,000 for day care staff and children present at the time of the shooting.

'What the jury's verdict shows is that the plaintiffs proved that officers North and Poole were reckless in their interactions with the staff, children and Mr. Barmore on Aug. 24, 2009, and in that recklessness they showed a conscious disregard for the safety of themselves and for others,' said Craig Sandberg, lawyer for the Brown family, which owns the Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church and day care at 518 N. Court St....

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