A Palm Beach County sheriff, Sgt. Adams Lin, who shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man in 2013, has been promoted and given one of the country's most visible assignments.
Lin has been assigned to work with the Secret Service and oversee security for President Donald Trump when he visits his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, aka the "winter White House." Along with working with the Secret Service, Lin will also oversee Air Force One.
The sergeant was on duty when Trump recently hosted a Super Bowl party at Mar-a-Lago. Lin manned an office near the presidential plane and directed a half-dozen deputies assigned to making sure no one tampers with the jet.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office spokesperson confirmed that Lin had been appointed and refused to make any further comment saying, “It’s a local issue.”
However, Lin’s past is quite controversial.
In 2013, Lin used excessive force and shot Dontrell Stephens, an unarmed black man, after stopping him for riding his bicycle into traffic. Lin said he saw an object in Stephens’ hand and was in fear for his life when he shot him. Later, investigation showed that the “object” was a cell phone. The shooting left Stephens paralyzed.
After an internal probe, the sheriff’s office deemed the shooting to be “justified.” However, the federal jury found Lin had violated Stephens’ civil rights by using excessive force.
The jury awarded Stephens $23 million in the federal civil rights lawsuit.
Dontrell Stephens' pictures made rounds on Twitter as he appeared in front of the jury.
Jury ruled Sgt. Adams Lin used excessive force in shooting of Stephens. pic.twitter.com/BLh2ZhouMb— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) February 3, 2016
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