Emma Jones v. East Haven, No. 10-4731 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
In 1997, Malik Jones, an African-American male, was shot and killed by a member of the East Haven Police Department. Plaintiff Jones, mother of Malik Jones, filed suit against the town and officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that the town’s custom, policy, or usage of deliberate indifference to the rights of black people caused the killing of her son in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. At trial, the jury found in favor of the police officers, but found the town liable and awarded damages. The Second Circuit affirmed, finding that plaintiff’s evidence was legally insufficient to demonstrate a custom, policy, or usage of deliberate indifference which caused Jones’s death.