Jury clears cop who shot naked student
February 13, 2009 2:05 PM | 30 Comments
A federal jury today cleared a former Glen Ellyn police officer of wrongdoing, finding he didn't use excessive force when he fatally shot a naked College of DuPage student after responding to a domestic battery call in 2006.
Jurors deliberated for less than an hour.
The father of Benjamin Uwumargogie had sued the Village of Glen Ellyn and Officer Jason Bradley following his son's death in a Glen Ellyn apartment.
Bradley testified that he fired the fatal shot after Uwumargogie straddled him and repeatedly punched him in the face. Bradley, now a state trooper, said he feared he was about to lose consciousness.
As he was being taken by ambulance from the scene, Bradley told the Glen Ellyn deputy police chief: "I had to do it -- I had no choice," according to testimony at the weeklong trial at the Dirksen federal building.
Lawyers for Uwumarogie, 22, said the officer misread the situation and had other means at his disposal to bring the father of two under control.