Police Abuse

Jury Awards $25 Million to Man Shot and Paralyzed by NYC Cop Who Was Later Named 'Sergeant of the Year'

Officer Sean O'Brien shot Eugene Sims once in the back, paralyzing him. Sims wasn't convicted of anything related to the incident.

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A jury in Brooklyn has awarded $25 milion to a man who in 2009 was paralyzed after being shot in the back by an NYPD officer, Sean O'Brien, who was later named the sergeants union's "officer of the year."

The New York Daily News reports on the incident:

Eugene Sims, 39, and Sgt. Sean O'Brien struggled over a .38-caliber revolver police said Sims was spotted carrying in Bedford-Stuyvesant on April 6, 2009.

O'Brien fired one shot, hitting Sims in the back and paralyzing him below the waist. Sims was charged with weapon possession.

But in 2011, he beat the gun rap after his lawyers argued he was charged to cover up a bad shoot.

Both the News and the New York Post describe Sims as an "ex-con." The News doesn't bother to explain why he's an ex-con. The Post, which aslo described Sims as "hulking" and the incident in he was shot and paralyzed a "life or death confrontation" with a "violent thug," provides Sims' criminal background: a felony assault conviction in the mid-1990s.

h/t Stanton S.

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  1. Great! So now the tax payers get to pay an absurd sum of money because of a mistake that an officer already on the tax payer payroll made!

  2. O’Brien fired one shot, hitting Sims in the back and paralyzing him below the waist.

    Jury Awards $25 Million to Man Shot and Paralyzed by NYC Cop

    Well, kudos to the officer for firing only one shot. However, given that one shot cost the City taxpayers $25 million, I’m betting the City government would have preferred if he had a 15-round Glock and had emptied it into him.

  3. $25 million? That’ll teach nobody responsible for the event!

    1. Hey, that comment was relevant!

  4. The article doesn’t mention whether or not Sergeant O’Brien will face criminal charges now (although I doubt he will).

    1. Settlements always include not admitting to any wrongdoing.

  5. I didn’t read the links but what was it this Negro was allegedly doing wrong? Just carrying a firearm? Fuck that noize.

    1. Here you go Harold:

      “Police wrongfully thought that Sims was conducting a drug deal, so they approached him. Not wanting to be kidnapped and caged for contrived crimes, Sims ran.

      When police caught up to him, O’Brien shot the unarmed man, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

      It was originally claimed by the NYPD that Sims had a weapon. However, this was later proved to be a falsehood.”

      Other tidbits:

      “The NYPD are saying it was an ‘anti-police atmosphere’ that led to the $25.2 million settlement for a Brooklyn man.

      The ruling was predictably contested by the NYPD and their Union.

      ‘This verdict clearly supports the anti-police atmosphere in the city of New York and the lunacy in how criminals are able to game the city. The message is clear: New York City will pay criminals big money if they come here to commit a crime,’ said Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins.

      Not only was O’Brien not disciplined for his brutally negligent actions, but he was praised by the department, eventually winning one of its highest honors.”

      http://thefreethoughtproject.c…..ion-abuse/

      1. He was awarded for chasing someone under false pretenses, shooting him in the back, filing false paperwork, and lying about it in court.

        And people wonder why I have nothing but contempt for cops.

        1. “The message is clear: New York City will pay criminals big money if they come here to commit a crime,”

          And the benefit/retirement package is also luxurious, don’t forget that part.

          1. YES!

        2. Step 1, don’t run from cops!! Problem solved!!!elevnty

          /Derphy

      2. The ruling was predictably contested by the NYPD and their Union.

        I wonder why – it’s not like they have to pay the award or face any consequences whatsoever.

        1. Spite and sadistic joy.

        2. I suppose they have to combat “anti-police atmosphere in the city of New York and the lunacy in how criminals are able to game the city” before things get out of hand.

          1. Yeah, they have a reputation to repair uphold.

  6. Wait, the guy was “hulking”? This changes everything,

    1. HULKING SMASH!

  7. They were struggling, yet somehow the cop shot him in the back? Uhhh…OK. I have a feeling the jury bought that about as much as I just did.

    1. Perhaps the award was “Dick Sargent of the Year?”

      1. Of course you would pick the WORST “Master”. Maybe that’s why the jury made this award – they were Dick York fans?

        1. Wait, isn’t everybody a Dick York fan?

          1. heh heh – you said “Dick”!!! heh heh….heh heh…heh heh….heh heh….

            1. Mocking Dick York is a good way to get on the list, Derwood.

              1. Yeah – well what would

                SERGEANT YORK

                think about it!

                *gives look of wild-eyed, “ain’t your mind BLOWN!!” amazement*

                  1. You’re lucky he’s not still alive to teach you how they hunted turkeys in Tennessee back in the day…

                    1. I’ll be impressed if he’s also married to a witch. Otherwise, he’s toast.

        2. Master? Did Darren and Samantha have a dom-sub marriage or are you confusing ‘Bewitched’ with ‘I Dream of Genie’?

          1. Everyone knows that the “master” of Bewitched was Endora.

            1. Too bad she couldn’t use her magic to not get cancer.

              Damn radioactive movie sets.

              1. That show doesn’t work without her–she was great. If we can bring her back from the dead, they should do a new series called Endora.

          2. Yeah, what Grand Moff said.

            You can call me Derp-wood

            1. I very recently learned that Derwood is the name of a town in Maryland.

  8. Shit. I doubt this guy has that kind of money. He’s going to have his wages garnished for the rest of his life. Not to mention having most of his assets sized to pay this judgement. Financially, he’s totally fucked.

    At least his misery will be a powerful signal to his fellow officers. I’m sure they’re going to be a little more careful now before pulling the trigger.

    1. What you did there…

      1. Shh, Almanian.
        Don’t wake thom from that pleasant dreamland where justice and equality under the law are mainstays.

        1. *nods in assent – “tu as raison” – walks away very, very quietly*

    2. You didn’t know? His gun has its own LLC.

  9. If a genie offered you $25 million with the catch that you would be paralyzed below the waist, would you take it?

    1. Hell no. I was paralyzed from the waist down for an operation* with an epidural. When I woke up after the surgery, I literally could not feel anything from the waist down, or move down there. It wasn’t like my legs were just limp; there’s absolutely no sensation. It’s HORRIBLE. I was so glad when I started to get feeling back, even though it soon became extreme pain, because at least I could feel something. It was a really terrible feeling.

      * the birth of my first child, of course

      1. At least the guy is getting $25 mil for being paralyzed. I know plenty of men who will never feel sensation below the waist again in their lives and aren’t getting paid anything for it.

        I call them husbands.

        1. Hey! I got an old fashioned last week!

      2. We’re BOTH chicks. *mind blown*

        This completely buggers the libertarian(chicks) factor.

        1. Ha, the child birth thing was just a joke, dude. I was in surgery to repair a shattered calcaneous. I’m actually a hermaphrodite. Unfortunately I’m also sterile.

          1. Unfortunately

            1. That’s what your mom said too.

              1. She’s a smart woman. She understands the implications.

          2. The sterility claim seems suspicious. I doubt you tested that theory. For the science.

            1. I’ve tested it many times. No children yet. The rhythm method works!

              (keeps fingers crossed)

              1. This was an actual plot arc on Misfits. God, that show used to be so great.

                1. Really? I’ve only watched season one. You’re talking about the British Misfits, right?

                  1. Yep, BBC. Now I can’t say more lest I spoil it for you. Dude, must-watch TV. It seriously shat the bed after Rudy appeared, and if you’re still watching when Finn is on, you’re making a grave mistake. Until then…. perfection.

          3. calcaneous

            Is that in the butt?

          4. I’m actually a hermaphrodite

            So that’s what transhuman means?

        2. Wait. You’re a chick??? TITS OR GET THE FUCK OUT

            1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

              *masturbates*

              1. Eeeeeeew, I’m not clicking on anything that you’ll ‘bate to.

            2. If you looked like Alison Brie I would let you live.

              1. If I looked like Alison Brie I’d be too busy playing with myself to care.

          1. This is an excellent time to point out the decor around this place would be vastly improved with a daily boobie thread.

        3. Of course Epi is a chick. Why do you think everyone else here is a misogynist?

          1. That is rape! That is borderline rape!

        4. The liberarian women are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that’s left of their religion.

          1. You know who else was a lone relic of a one-great religion?

            1. Is he dreaming in R’Lyeh?

      3. Dude, you’re a chick?

        1. No, no, no. He just has really soft hands. I’m a chick, though.

          1. DO NOT LISTEN TO WARTY SIREN SONG

        2. Stormy Dragon is a chick though, right?

          1. Dragons are neitherly dudely nor chickly.

      4. I was given an epidural as well – for arterial bypass surgery in my leg. . .

        I came very close to freaking the fuck out when I woke up afterwards (early morning surgery, I nodded off soon after reaching the operating room) and couldn’t feel my legs. And, yeah – it was HORRIBLE. . .

        I wouldn’t wish paralysis on anyone. . .

    2. Fuck no. If I was a paralyzed billionaire, I’d spend every penny I could get my hands on to get my legs back.

      1. I’d get out the country and then pay for a certain someone to be paralyzed.

      2. I would start a charity called the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers and marry a porn star who runs away with some Nazis and tries to pretend like she was kidnapped in an effort to extort money from me via some ransom.

        1. They were Nihilists.
          National Socialism was actually a ethos.

          1. They were threatening castration! Are we really gonna split hairs here?

    3. WTF? Am I just supposed to take the Genie’s word for it?!? What a stupid question!

  10. The News doesn’t bother to explain why he’s an ex-con. The Post, which aslo described Sims as “hulking” and the incident in he was shot and paralyzed a “life or death confrontation” with a “violent thug,”

    HULK GET SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE.

    Fuck the cop-sucking Post, fuck the police and the union they rode in on.

    1. He was SO hulking that he ran away.

  11. All I know is that if my actions cost my employer’s malpractice insurance $25 million, not only would my services no longer be needed, but nobody in my profession would hire me for their firm either.

    1. Another sous chef I know once accidentally triggered the fire suppression system over the line. Purely an accident – the contractor installed it close to the buttons for the fry station. Final cost to the restaurant for clean-up, resetting the fire suppression system and lost income due to being shut down for ten hours – $6k. He was fired.

      People would speak your name in hushed tones for a generation, in the restaurant industry, if you cost your employer $25 million.

      For cops, it’s just Monday.

  12. paralyzed after being shot in the back by an NYPD officer, Sean O’Brien, who was later named the sergeants union’s “officer of the year.”

    Well… yeah, it was a good shot.

  13. It was originally claimed by the NYPD that Sims had a weapon. However, this was later proved to be a falsehood.

    Good thing there weren’t any body cameras to cloud peoples’ memories.

    1. +1 unpopular artist reference.

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