Day 10: Snow, Administrator for Moore v. Newark Police Department

Death in Custody
December 2009

banner_police_citi_200: The Settlement Project: Citizen Edition

In January 2005, a car driven by Rasheed Moore collided with a Newark Police Department (NPD) car at the intersection of 18th Avenue and South 13th Street in Newark. When NPD officers Matthew Ruane and Pasquale Popolizio exited their car, a struggle ensued. Mr. Moore and his passenger were unarmed, but Ruane fired 13 shots at Mr. Moore. He died at the scene. In early 2007, Moore's father, Allen Snow, Jr., brought suit against the NPD. In December 2009, a jury found that both officers used excessive force and awarded $1.1 million in damages. Before the jury considered punitive damages, the case settled for $1 million. Surprisingly, no record of this settlement appears in the online postings of Newark City Council business, even though all settlements above $21,000 and entered into after October 2008 should be found online. The reason for this omission was not determined.

According to news accounts, this was the third shooting and the second fatal shooting that Ruane was involved in during his service with the NPD.

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