Jury sides with police in Fong Lee shooting death


After six hours of deliberation over two days, the jury in the excessive force lawsuit case of Fong Lee sided with police and concluded there was no excessive force used by Minneapolis cops. A police officer shot and killed Lee, 19, in 2006.

The verdict means there will be no damages awarded to his family.

Lee's family members declined to comment on the verdict, says the Star Tribune.

The 12-member jury heard from 36 witnesses over five days about the night officer Jason Anderson shot Lee in July 2006 during a foot chase in north Minneapolis. Lee's family argued that he was unarmed and Anderson used excessive force in the situation. They argued that police planted a gun at the scene to justify the shooting. Police said a pistol was found three feet from Lee's body, which justified the officer's shots.