Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin watched helplessly on Saturday as federal marshals seized his personal belongings.
His car, clothes, television and furniture were taken to help pay the expenses of a 23-year-old West Palm Beach man he shot, paralyzing him for life.
Attorney Jack Scarola, who won a $22.4 million jury verdict for Stephens last year, said he got permission from a federal magistrate to take the unusual step of seizing Lin’s property to pay off the judgment that is against both the deputy and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
“It doesn’t give me any joy to do this. This was not a happy morning spent on Saturday. It was something we did because we felt an obligation to protect my client’s interest. My client remains destitute.”
The move outraged John Kazanjian, president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association. In 37 years in law enforcement, he said he’s never heard of an officer’s belongings being taken to be sold on the auction block.
“It makes us have to think every time when we go out to do our job: Are we going to be civilly liable? Do we have to rent all of our property? This is a bad, bad precedent.”
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