Jury finds JPD officers not liable in Crystalline Barnes’ killing despite using excessive force

Jury also determined City of Jackson not liable for 2018 death of Black woman in federal civil suit
Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 9:00 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Four years after her death at the hands of Jackson police, a federal jury finds the officers and city not liable in the killing of 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes.

Jurors decided last month that Officers Albert Taylor and Rakasha Adams did use excessive force in that case, but said the two were entitled to qualified immunity, meaning the officers cannot be held liable for their misconduct unless those actions violate clearly established law.

Reports indicate Barnes ran a stop sign and police pursued her on January 27, 2018, but she did not stop.

The officers fired 23 shots at Barnes’ car, claiming she tried to hit them with her vehicle.

A 3 On Your Side investigation revealed both officers’ accounts of what happened that day didn’t match.

A Hinds County grand jury no-billed both officers in the case, meaning they were not indicted in Barnes’ death.

Barnes’ attorney, Tiffani Collins, claimed JPD failed to produce internal affairs interviews and did not adequately investigate the shooting.

The family of the 21-year-old originally filed the civil suit in federal court in September 2018, asking for $10 million in damages.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed the case with prejudice after the jury’s verdict, meaning it cannot be brought before the court again.

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