Attorney wants former Va. police officer’s conviction tossed


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — An attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager is asking a judge to set aside the jury’s verdict.

A jury found former officer Stephen Rankin guilty in connection with the shooting last year and recommended a 2 ½-year prison sentence.

Furthermore, according to 8News affiliate WAVY, the city of Portsmouth reached an agreement just a few weeks ago to pay the family of William Chapman II a $1 million settlement after they had filed a notice of intent to sue the city for wrongful death.

Rankin’s attorney James Broccoletti says Rankin followed the police department’s use-of-force policy.

Rankin fatally shot 18-year-old William Chapman II after responding to a shoplifting call. Witnesses said a struggle ensued, and attorneys argued over whether Rankin should have used deadly force.

Rankin is white. Chapman was black and unarmed.

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