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Lawsuit filed against state trooper settled - Sentinel & Enterp...

There are 148 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Aug 5, 2009, titled Lawsuit filed against state trooper settled - Sentinel & Enterp.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

A civil lawsuit filed against a state police trooper in connection with the 2005 fatal shooting of Fitchburg resident Preston Johnson has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money, a lawyer involved with the case said Tuesday.

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jim

United States

#1 Aug 5, 2009
It was always about getting money, the state police shot a suspect who has a history of committing crimes, and attempted to run over a police officer.

At least the public will not be harmed by this criminal again
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Fitchburg, MA

#2 Aug 5, 2009
So the children get money because their piece of trash dad was breaking the law and then tried to run over a Fitchburg officer and a State Trooper? Excessive force my ass. Guy got what he deserved
Townsend Resident

Ashburn, VA

#3 Aug 5, 2009
Pathetic that an innocent party has to pay the family of the criminal, when he was only doing his job and protecting the public! What is our society coming to?
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#4 Aug 5, 2009
This certainly sounds like another frivolous lawsuit. And, sadly, in many cases it is cheaper in the long run to settle a bullsh#t lawsuit before it goes to court; than it is to fight the bullsh#t lawsuit in court. So, simply paying out the money and avoiding the battle in court will save the Taxpayers money.

Some of you may have picked up on the fact that I do not always support the cops. I soft peddle my delivery enough that others may not notice my feelings towards the law. But, in spite of my feelings, I call this one a bullsh#t frivolous lawsuit. They happen all the time in the US these days and they are another example of what is wrong in the US today. They are costing all of us money and they are just plain wrong.

I say that a family just picked up some free cash at the expense of the Taxpayers. But, blame the system, not the individuals involved. This nation needs to step up to the issue of frivolous lawsuits.
blame the dbags

AOL

#5 Aug 5, 2009
Sorry but "blame the system, not the individual" only lets the profiteers off the hook. Personal responsibilty is in short supply in our society.
Until we are ready to demand it, we will forever be carrying societal dead weight.
Sorry kids, your dad was a dirt bag. I doubt he offered financial support when he was alive, absolutely no reason we should provide it now that he is dead.
Also save some blame for the lawyers who saw a pay day at our expense.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#6 Aug 5, 2009
blame the dbags wrote:
we will forever be carrying societal dead weight.
We have your so called societal dead weight, and we also have dead weight who collect a paycheck. They may work in town, city, state or US Government......
wanda

Boston, MA

#7 Aug 5, 2009
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
T J G

United States

#8 Aug 5, 2009
It is pretty sad that the estate of a man who shouldn't be behind the in the first place should profit, trooper gray was doing his job and saving the life of a fellow officer should be pun under a microscope, this was no civil rights violation and this is a black eye to the justice system.Preston johnson is a career criminal and was in a place he shouldnt have been, if he wasnt driving illeagally he would be alive today, but instead he broke the law and the state has to pay..where is the justice in that?
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#9 Aug 5, 2009
wanda wrote:
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
Maybe the family would prefer to have the cash instead of Preston, if they could only have one or the other..........
Dave

Bangor, ME

#10 Aug 5, 2009
wanda wrote:
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
Seriously?? just another comment from more societal dead weight...
Billy

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Aug 5, 2009
wanda wrote:
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
You are a complete idiot. Get a grip on reality.
Outraged

Boston, MA

#12 Aug 5, 2009
This is unbelievable. This low life puts officers lives in jeopardy and now Joe tax payer has to pay the family of this guy a settlement. Welcome to Massachusetts where you are rewarded for being detriment to society. Thanks Deval
T J G

United States

#13 Aug 5, 2009
Preston Johnson is a career loser, and it's pretty sad his kids get to profit from this. It don't surprise me the race card was played here, because a white cop killed a black man. Keep him in jail and he is alive, he breaks the law and we have to pay!! Trooper Gray deserves a medal for his actions, and some scumbag lawyer profits from all this is a shame. I am willing to bet he didnt pay support or bring his kids to church on sundays , and it amazes me how when a criminal dies his friends and family come out and say how he has changed and trying to turn his life around. well if he was trying to turn his life around then why was he driving when he had no license, whats he doing out at 3am??? if he had a job he should have been in bed at home being a dad... Massachusetts needs to adopt the 3 strike law from California to keep scumbags like Preston johnson in jail...
lol

Worcester, MA

#14 Aug 5, 2009
THIS IS BULL CHIT !!!!!!!!!!
T J G

United States

#15 Aug 5, 2009
I am truely sick of the race always being used, Preston Johnson should have never been let out of jail and trooper Gray should sue the jail for letting him out. He was a deadbeat loser who couldn't have been a role model to anyone. By coming to a settlement sends a message that Trooper Gray may have been wrong. His is a Hero and saved the life of a fellow officer. I think the justice system needs a an overhaul
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Fitchburg, MA

#16 Aug 5, 2009
wanda wrote:
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
Oh look. Another piece of trash.
Daisy

Canton, MA

#17 Aug 5, 2009
wanda wrote:
scumbag gray got away with it,i'm glad they got a settltment even though they will never get preston, if it would have been vice versa preston would have been in jail for the rest of his life but since it was an officer no time is going to be serve, OFFICER GRAY IS AN EVIL TROOPER, I HOPE HE HAS NIGHT MARES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND WILL NEVER BE IN PEACE WITH HIS SOUL,
Hate to break the news to you the Johnson was a criminal who was attacking a police officer. I dont know where you come from but here the officer has every right to protect himself, another officer, or another human life. For the criminal's children to profit off of an officer doing his job is just sick. Just add it to the welfare Im sure they have been soaking up even when Johnson was around. At least the city is now a safer place with one less criminal.
BFD

Ayer, MA

#18 Aug 5, 2009
The family was probably on welfare before this incident, so the taxpayers were footing their bills and now they have some cash to go to Foxwoods and blow it all...Trooper Grey, you are my hero and God Bless you...I would like to know just how much the family got so I know how much to save to pay my share of their ill gotten gains.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#19 Aug 5, 2009
Outraged wrote:
This is unbelievable. This low life puts officers lives in jeopardy and now Joe tax payer has to pay the family of this guy a settlement. Welcome to Massachusetts where you are rewarded for being detriment to society. Thanks Deval
You have every right to be outraged over this; but blaming Deval is nonsense. Nothing would have happened any different here without Deval at the helm. You are delusional!
Tim

Fitchburg, MA

#20 Aug 5, 2009
Yeah, OJ was found not guilty as well..... they are both murderers in my eyes

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