$18,000,000 Awarded to Family of Accident-Slay Cop

Date:18-11-1997
Publication:New York Post
Author:Devlin Barrett
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):General Negligence / Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
Summary:A Brooklyn jury awarded the widow of a police officer $17.95 million for violation of a police procedure. Thomas Moore represented the family of the slain policeman.

In August 1988, Officer Joe Galapo was shot in the face; his partner's gun had fired when a suspect bumped his arm during a routine buy-and-bust drug operation. Mr. Moore demonstrated that, in order for the partner's gun to go off, the gun must have been "cocked," which is a violation of police procedure. The jury deliberated for three hours before awarding the widow a "whopping" amount, according to the Post article. Officer Galapo's 39-year-old widow, Lana, said "the toughest part" has been watching her three sons grow up without a father. "They go to play a hockey game and their dad's not there to cheer for them," she said.
Additional Information