HOUSTON, TX – This could end up as a case of what goes around comes around, even if it takes some time.
Robbie Tolan, the former minor league baseball player who was shot by Bellaire P.D. Sargeant Jeffery Cotton, back in 2008, is back in the spotlight.
In ’08, Tolan and his cousin were pulling into his driveway when Bellaire Police Officer, John Edwards, incorrectly entered the license plate number of the car Tolan was driving, which came back as stolen.
When officer Edwards confronted Robbie and his cousin in front of the Tolan’s home, Sgt. Cotton showed up to provide backup and ended up shooting Tolan saying he thought Tolan was reaching for a gun in his waistband.
Tolan did not have any weapons, but a Harris County jury found Sgt. Cotton not guilty of aggravated assault by a public servant, in 2010.
So, the Tolan’s filed a civil lawsuit against the officers, Bellaire’s police chief and mayor, saying they were victims of racial profiling and in 2012 that case was dismissed.
So, here’s where the story comes back around. The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated Robbie Tolan’s case, which Tolan calls, “a blessing.”
The Tolan family’s hired Benjamin Crump, the same attorney who represented Trayvon Martin’s family against George Zimmerman last year. Crump says it’s “incredible” when the U.S. Supreme Court even hears a case, so Crump says this is clearly a situation of importance.
We’ll have to see if lady justice weighs in Tolan’s favor the second time around.