After more than a day of deliberation, the jury found no wrongdoing on the officers' part in relation to Pena's claims of excessive force.'nuff said about that.Four months after the shooting, an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Johnston County's district attorney's office cleared the officers of any wrongdoing. The determined that the use of deadly force was warranted and that the amount of gunfire was not excessive.
According to the district attorney's report, Pena came to the door of his home with a rifle after officers knocked on the door and announced themselves.
He didn't respond to commands to drop the gun, and officers first fired when he moved the weapon "as if to shoulder it," the report states. After going back into his home, Pena came back onto the porch still holding the rifle and appeared to point it in the officers' direction, according to the report.
Pena claims the officers never identified themselves.I guess that happens when you don't speak English in America. Nevermind several officers in full uniform. Common sense did not prevail.Pena, a U.S. citizen, does not speak English, and according to his family, did not understand.
You never know what will happen with a civil trial. It seems to me that he was awarded punitive damages from an illegal search. I'll bet my next pay check the officers assumed their man wa hiding in Pena's trailer and searched the trailer based on that assumption.