Man gets $93,000 after police shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- An area man will receive $93,000 after he was accidentally shot by a police officer.

The incident happened in June, when authorities say 22-year old Dehari Banks was hit in the shoulder by a bullet and sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

Authorities say Officer James Hobson tried stopping a car Banks was driving when Banks sped away. He eventually crashed the car into a garage and fled on foot.

The foot chase ended when Banks was cornered in a yard in the 300-block of North 4th Street. When Banks turned, the officer drew his weapon. It discharged when he slipped while coming to a running stop.

An investigation, led by Illinois State Police, determined there was no basis for criminal charges, but Hobson was reprimanded for violating a CPD policy of not handling his weapon with "due care."

He was suspended for ten-days without pay and assigned to corrective firearms training. He returned to duty in August.

Banks' personal injury claim was approved Tuesday by the city council. 


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