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Woman Shot by Norfolk Police Receives $1.5 Million Settlement

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Woman Shot by Norfolk Police Receives $1.5 Million Settlement

A sailor who was shot by police after refusing to stop in her car has been awarded $1.5 million by the City of Norfolk.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that Jasmine N. Glespie was driving drunk in 2014 when police tried to stop her and shot her when she refused to comply.police cruiser was involved in fatal Norfolk wreck


She was reported to have filed a $10.3 million lawsuit against the City of Norfolk for excessive use of force. She agreed to drop the case after accepting a $1.5 million payout, the media reported. 

Glespie was shot in the abdomen. She spent three months in jail and admitted misdemeanor charges of DUI and simple assault.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander referred in the Pilot report to the volatile national situation. Tensions between the African-American community and the police have been exacerbated by the fatal shootings of two black men and the subsequent killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Norfolk police have been involved in as many as 12 fatal shootings since 2010, the Pilot reported this summer.

The figure is twice as many as any other law enforcement agency in Virginia

In 2016 alone, Norfolk officers have been involved in four fatal shootings. The only cities where police have killed more people are Los Angeles and Houston which are considerably bigger, the Pilot reported.

If a loved one has been killed by police officers, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You could have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit if you are shot by a police officer, savaged by a police canine or hurt in some other manner by law enforcement.

Last year the City of Baltimore paid $6.4 million to the family of Freddie Gray, the black man who died in police custody in 2015, sparking rioting in the city.

Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic things you can go through. It can be even more upsetting when the perpetrators are those who are meant to protect us. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has represented families of people killed by the police. All case are different and a past case result is no indicator of a future one.

If you have lost a family member to a police bullet or if you have been injured, you have rights. Please call us at (757) 455-0077 or see our wrongful death resources.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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