Malik Jones Case: Family to File Appeal with U.S. Supreme Court [VIDEO]

Emma Jones, and her lawyer David Rosen, told reporters they will appeal yesterday's federal court decision that ruled East Haven was not liable in the police shooting death of her son Malik Jones.

UPDATE at 1 p.m. on Friday

Earlier today the told East Haven Patch that Mayor Maturo would not be making any additional comments on this case's newest developments.


Citing a need to find justice for the racial profiling she alleges led to her son's death, Emma Jones will file an appeal with the United States Supreme Court in an effort to continue to move forward the wrongful death lawsuit she brought against the town for the by an East Haven Police officer.

"I believe that I must — that I don't have a choice in the matter — that I absolutely must continue to cry out, to the legal system to act on both its moral and legal obligation to right the very wrong that I know that has been done to my son, my family and this community," Jones told reporters during a press conference at her 's New Haven office late this afternoon.

Jones said she stood before thousands of people in 1997 and "declared that but for racial profiling my son Malik would be alive."

She added that she also vowed at that time to "fight for righteousness and justice."

"Not only in the case for Malik, but for all humanity. And to try right the wrongs that I saw was widespread in East Haven," she said. "So today I am here to try to reaffirm that statement."

Federal Appeals Court Ruling

Today's announcement from Jones comes after the the Town of East Haven is not liable for her son's shooting.

The decision — which found there was insufficient evidence to hold East Haven liable — overturned a lower court's ruling in October 2010 that .

The town of that 2010 ruling, which is what led to Wednesday's decision by the 2nd Circuit court.

When asked about what her feelings were regarding yesterday's ruling in favor of the town, Jones said they were "unspeakable."

She said she feels racial profiling existed in East Have "prior to the taking of my son Malik Jones' life... and as a matter of fact today as we sit here."

And Jones added that the U.S. Justice Department referred to her lawsuit as part of into alleged .

"I am very confident that I was right then, and that I am right now," Jones said of her case.

'It's A Long Shot'

Rosen said they will now have 90 days from yesterday (Aug. 1) to file the necessary paperwork to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal.

When asked by reporters if he felt it would be "a long shot" for the case to be among the few selected each session to be heard by the nation's top justices, Rosen replied that "every case in the Supreme Court is a long shot."

"Every time somebody tries to right a wrong, it's a long shot," he said.

'Clearly a Wrong That Was Done'

Toward the end of the press conference, Jones was asked her response to that the federal appeals court's ruling was "a victory."

She responded that no matter the latest legal verdict, the shooting death of her son was "clearly a wrong that was done."

"And so I can't define what the mayor believed to be a victory for him. But when there is an injustice or a wrong and it causes loss of life or pain and suffering to other human beings," Jones said. "I have a difficult time encapsulating that as a victory in any level. I'm speaking for myself, I can't speak for anyone else."

The Mayor's Office did not immediately return a late afternoon phone call and email for comment from East Haven Patch.


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(Editor's Note: Additional reporting and video were added to this post at 9:30 p.m.)

Dan McCann August 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Julie Weisberg (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Kimberly Marie commented via Facebook: "I wish this lady would give it up already! The money isn't going to bring her son back. If only he had pulled over when the officer was chasing him and didn't pull a gun then things would have been a lot different. I'm so sick of it all."
TULIPS August 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I'm with you Kimberly. For some reason I kind of think EMMA likes the attention in all of this. But enough is enough. She needs to get her face out of the news and get her butt to work like the rest of us.
Victoria August 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
This mother is being ridiculous!! He was a criminal!! She's just doing all this for money & is too lazy to get a job! There is seriously something very wrong with her! Get a freaking job!
Kim M August 03, 2012 at 11:30 AM
As a fellow mom, my heart goes out to Emma Jones for the loss of her son. But I think it's time to put closure to this and let her son rest in peace. She can appeal as much as she wants. From day one, Malik was in the wrong. This shouldn't have been dragged out as long as it has. Let it go already and find something more productive to do if you want to honor your son Emma.
Kristy Turcio Porter August 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM
If she put as much energy into educating young people on the dangers of drugs, running from police, etc. that she has put into this, I would have respect for her. Her son was a known criminal with a rap sheet a mile long. If he wasn't doing anything wrong, he would have pulled over and not try to run Officer Flodquist down. I would like to know what she would say if her son killed him with his car and the tables were turned. Emma, you are trying to get rich off the town at the expense of your own child. Had you done a better job raising him, this may never have happened. Where were you when he was running around the streets selling drugs?
CAjones August 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Supreme COURT on your son's behalf? Try appealing to a Supreme BEING on his behalf! Maybe go on the lecture circuit and talk about "obeying lawful orders" and "stopping for police when ordered to do so" Also talk about NOT using a car like a weapon, as it may get you shot!
Joanne August 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
If only Malik had stopped and took his punishment like a man, he would probably be out of jail and living happily with his daughter by now.
ASmith August 04, 2012 at 04:07 AM
It started when Luzzi was Mayor, went all the way through Mayor Jo(k)e first round, then the lady, now Mayor Jo(k)e second round. Wonder who will be sittin in town hall when its finally said and done. Don't think its just about the money, somethin inside this ladies heart keeps pushin her on. How many years, nope, most folks would have given up, this is a crusade. Thats the only thing that keeps a body going against all odds.
ASmith August 04, 2012 at 04:12 AM
And once again, Mayor Jo(k)e opens mouth and inserts foot. He sure knows how to say the wrong thing. Man gots no tact. No presence of mind or common sense. Throws fuel on the fire every time. Never saw any politician who could rile people up with jes a few dumb words the way he does. Amazing.
ASmith August 04, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Ya know he could have simply said he was relieved that the town prevailed in the appeal and that it was a tragic situation that we all wish never happened. Nope Mayor Jo(k)e gots to make it sound like a high school football game or somethin. Forgets one person is dead, one police officer had his life put through turmoil. Families on both sides suffered. Surprised he didnt have the eastie cheerleaders rah rah in the lobby of town hall. IDIOT.


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