Plaintiff: Nelson Moody
Incident date: 09/17/2008
Location: 209 E. Garfield Blvd.
In September 2008, Moody was on his way to a laundromat in the Washington Park neighborhood when he and two off-duty police officers witnessed a shooting. Moody tried to run away but was hit by a stray bullet and fell to the ground. Officer Sampson stopped her car and attended to Moody, and both officers called for paramedics and additional police. In their calls to 911, neither officer said Moody had a gun or was involved in the shooting, and Sampson's original version of the events did not incriminate Moody. However, Sampson later changed her story and claimed that she had seen Moody with a gun. None of the other officers reported the inconsistency to supervisors or detectives. Moody was arrested three hours after the shooting, as he waited for surgery at the hospital, and was charged with multiple weapons offenses. His case remained in court for more than five years and during that time, Sampson changed her story once again and prosecutors re-indicted Moody on more serious charges. Finally, in November 2013, Moody was found not guilty. The deliberation took less than 30 minutes.