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Aug 5, 2013

Government will pay settlement to Stephen Buckley

Stephen Buckley was shot in April 2010 by an on duty police officer, Inspector Denis Lopez, in the Port Loyola during a police operation. Buckley was not armed, but was shot twice to the head through the windshield of his boss’ vehicle despite complying with the instructions of the police. He almost died, but a surgery saved his life and ever since, he has been destitute. To compound his woes, in June of this year, Buckley received a bill from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in the range of six thousand dollars. The media has been following Buckley’s dilemma and this morning, there was a report that he was summoned to the Police Department on Raccoon Street for a settlement of one hundred thousand dollars.  Buckley did go to the Police Station, but with his attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley. According to Bradley, the Prime Minister intervened to make the meeting happen with Acting Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, Senior Crown Counsel Treina Young, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, and C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell.  It was a closed door meeting after which Bradley told the media that before the week is over, his client will receive a substantial amount of money.


Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney for Steven Buckley

“The government is saying to us that we need not go and fight and establish that the police department or agents of the police department who under law are responsible for the injuries inflicted on Mister Buckley….that they accept that that has happened and that where we are is just to reach an amicable agreement over what is the total amount that should be paid to a young strong man who was working, who has five children and a wife and who now is outta street begging. It was three years to this month actually; it was in August of 2010, when this unfortunate incident happened. So that the arrangement is that an undertaking has been given to us from lawyer to lawyer. The solicitor general has said that before this week over—he was hoping to bring a cheque from the Ministry of Finance—but you know there is a procedure to get out large sums of money out of the Ministry of Finance. But before this week is over, he will make contact and there will be a substantial part payment to what is owed to Mister Buckley. And then what we will do is—between the lawyers of the government and myself—we will exchange information in relation to matters that are needed to guide both of us as to what will be the final settlement. I have been able to obtain through my sources, the full deposition that will be used against the officer who unfortunately shot Mr. Buckley. And what we need is an updated medical report on Mister Buckley’s condition at present—not at the time that he was shot. Mister Buckley is still incapacitated, he cannot work again. He still has pellets from the shot gun still in his head; he is unable to use his arm; he is unable to move the way he could before. And so we will have to do a formula based and our court cases and decisions…What was his age at the time he was incapacitated? How much money he was earning? What are his expenses? What was his physical, medical condition? Normally you would say a man like Steve would be able to work until he was fifty-five, sixty. So you have to multiply all the money he would have been making from the time he was injured until the time he was injured and come up with a formula.”

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