Jury Gives $11M Payday To Heroin Addict Who Tried To Kill NYPD Officer

A Bronx jury awarded Raoul Lopez $11 million for his injuries suffered when he was shot while trying to kill a cop.

Bronx, NY – A heroin addict who was shot by police after he dragged a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer with his car got an $11 million payday from a Bronx jury on Wednesday.

A city attorney said the shooting occurred just before noon on Feb. 1, 2006 after then-27-year-old Raoul Lopez skipped a stop sign at East 169th Street and Grand Concourse, the New York Post reported.

NYPD Sergeant Philippe Blanchard and Officer Zinos Konstantinides initiated a traffic stop and told Lopez to turn off his engine.

Lopez, who was in the middle of a two-week-long bender and had just scored a fix, refused to comply with the officers’ instructions.

Court documents said that when Officer Konstantinides reached into the car to take the keys out of the ignition, Lopez hit the gas, the New York Post reported.

He proceeded to drag the officer with his car into busy traffic on the Grand Concourse.

The city attorney wrote in court documents that Sgt. Blanchard was afraid “that his partner would be maimed or killed if he did not take immediate, forceful action,” the New York Post reported.

So the sergeant fired a single shot and struck Lopez in the neck.

But Lopez told the jury that the officers had ordered him at gunpoint to hand over a bag of drugs, the New York Daily News reported.

The heroin addict, who had 19 arrests and 13 convictions under his belt, told the jury that he accidentally dropped the bag of drugs and that Sgt. Blanchard shot him in the back of the neck when he tried to pick it up.

Lopez was transported to Lincoln Hospital for surgery and was ultimately left with partial paralysis on the right side of his body as a result of the bullet that struck his spinal cord, the New York Post reported.

He was arrested and charged with vehicular assault but eventually acquitted of that charge.

Lopez filed his lawsuit against the city in 2007, according to the New York Daily News.

Court documents showed that his attorney, Brett Klein, asked the jury to award Lopez $6 million to $9 million for lost wages as a result of the shooting despite the fact that Lopez was unemployed when he was shot.

The trial in Bronx Supreme Court lasted seven days, but the jury returned its verdict after only one hour of deliberation, the New York Daily News reported.

The jury voted unanimously to award Lopez $11 million despite the fact he’d been in the process of trying to kill a police officer when he was shot.

“Raoul Lopez was an unarmed motorist who was needlessly shot in the back of his neck during what the police described as a routine traffic stop,” his attorney said in a statement shortly after the verdict was announced. “We are grateful that a Bronx jury has held the City accountable for this wrongful shooting.”

An internal NYPD review determined that Sgt. Blanchard’s shooting of Lopez to save Officer Konstantinides was “not within department guidelines,” the New York Post reported.

Despite that, the city has stood behind the sergeant’s version of events.

“The split-second response by an officer likely stopped this driver from dragging an officer to his death, a response we believe was justified under the circumstances,” city law department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci said in a statement. “We strongly disagree with this verdict and are reviewing the city’s legal options.”

Officer Konstantinides has since retired from the NYPD, but Sgt. Blanchard remains on active duty in the Bronx, the New York Post reported.

Comments (84)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

LESSON HERE: Keep body parts out of vehicle. It constantly amazes me how often policemen forget this simple lesson. Maybe police departments can start making this a fire-able offense in order to cure the problem.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Either there is way more to the story or this jury is as dumb as boogers all day. Could be a combination of both.

JBo
JBo

There'll be high times in NY tonight!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

This is just a sign of things to come , people are tired of police shootings justifiable or not . Like the parents who demanded justice after their kid was shot after he shot a cop in chest , it’s not the jury’s money, what do they care ? This is the lottery for a lot of people, do something stupid, get caught, refuse to comply with directions of law enforcement, sue when it’s done , lot cheaper to settle than fight it , which just feeds the other’s to play the lottery

JLo1
JLo1

Idiots! Their tax dollars will pay this druggie!!!

Mike2929
Mike2929

So let me get this straight... A DUG ADDICT shot by an officer executing their official duties as a LEO can sue and WIN, but an innocent home owner who's house is literally destroyed by police via a shootout, grenades, and an armored vehicle is owed NOTHING....

This country is going to HELL...

lauraaz
lauraaz

The junkie will be dead within a week of receiving payment!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

11 mill buys mucho smack. Whatever is left from the next bender that finishes the job on his accidental existence will probably still be enough to purchase the nicest body bag in the whole hood.

AUtigerfan
AUtigerfan

He'll be dead within a year from a drug OD or drug deal gone bad.

xcop985
xcop985

Hope this piece of shit dies from an OD

tfort
tfort

Wrong title to the article, needs to be changed to:

"Jury Gives $11M Payday To Heroin Addict Who Was ACQUITTED OF TRYING TO Kill NYPD Officer".

The police obviously exaggerated the stop and the jury saw right through their story. Take the money from their pensions, the citizens of New York are tired of paying for bad cops.

Highsider
Highsider

Must be hard in that area to find a jury that's not junkies!

Marxest
Marxest

Miracles of criminality always happen in the goddamn Bronx. Another thing is that juries in the Bronx have a nasty habit of acquitting individuals who just might actually be guilty. It's hard to say. The guy may have actually been guilty or the officer may have prematurely shot him. Since it;s the Bronx its hazy.

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

Just another example of why I am running from New York . . . and this morning I see that our great President is doing the same!

RPG156
RPG156

AYFKM?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Awarded for "lost wages"???? That's pure BS.

Mrdan
Mrdan

The cop should've aimed a little higher Instead of reciciveing a 11 million pay day he would be reciciveing a dirt nap 11 cents is to much for this pos

MKD23
MKD23

I wonder what he did for a living that would constitute a payout of “$6 -$9 million in Lost wages”? 🤔

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Wow, just wow!

xcop985
xcop985

Next time make sure a thug like this is dead

61mouse
61mouse

Stop giving these assholes NARCAN let them all fucking die

Kevcali
Kevcali

Are you FUCKING serious?

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Stupid is as stupid does.

The end of our great society is near.

kristene
kristene

Lost wages? Are you kidding me?