Tuesday 12 December 2017

Acquitted man to sue NYC police

Deacon is suing the city, claiming the 1989 murder investigation was mishandled
Deacon is suing the city, claiming the 1989 murder investigation was mishandled

A man who spent 24 years in prison over a 1989 murder before being acquitted following a retrial is suing police, saying detectives mishandled the investigation.

Derrick Deacon is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed against the city.

Deacon was convicted over the 1989 shooting death of a teenager during a robbery in an apartment complex in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

H e was granted a new trial in 2012 after one witness recanted and an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the person who shot 16-year-old Anthony Wynn.

It took a jury nine minutes to acquit Deacon in 2013.

His lawyer, Earl Ward, said the case reflects "gross misconduct" by detectives.

Deacon also has an ongoing 25 million dollar (£16 million) lawsuit against the state.

The city law department made no immediate comment.

Press Association

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