There will be another day of deliberations in the civil lawsuit filed against the city of Rockford by a church where police shot and killed an unarmed black man in 2009.
The plaintiffs, Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church, asked jurors to award them $4 million. The church is seeking compensation for emotional distress suffered by children and day care operators who were present when Mark Anthony Barmore was killed. He was wanted on a theft warrant. He fled from police into the church and tried to hide in a boiler room, where he was shot.
City attorneys say the officers' actions were necessary to protect the children and day care workers.
Authorities found the shooting justified. However, Barmore's estate filed a lawsuit and the city of Rockford reached a $1.1 million settlement.