The family of Kenny Smith was awarded $5.5 million this week by a federal jury in a civil case that found that Officer Roger Jones had used excessive force in shooting and killing Smith during a 2012 incident.
The shooting, which predates the media storm over police use-of-force incidents, fell swiftly out of the conversation about public safety. Later in 2012, Scene published a feature about Smith's budding rap career and about the effect his death had on his circle of friends.
At odds with the decision is a lingering statement from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. In 2014, ruling the shooting “justified,” McGinty hailed Jones for "correctly and heroically [taking] action to protect the safety of the citizens of Cleveland."