Jerome Ruffin's Last Run

At 22, Jerome Maurice Ruffin had four children and no job, and the police were after him — again. Then a cop shot and killed him in an alley. Witnesses, family and friends want to know why. The cops aren't talking.

Meanwhile, more than five months after the shooting, Min remains on administrative assignment.

Rothman likes his chances in civil court.

"I've got a 22-year-old father who's dead for drinking a beer," he says. "I've got a white businessman who says the police officer is lying about 50 percent of what occurred.

Of Jerome Ruffin, above, friend Marvis Joy says, "Anybody out here, he could beat their ass, but he chose not to.... He was a big dude, but he moved like he was little. He was a big, playful motherfucker."
Of Jerome Ruffin, above, friend Marvis Joy says, "Anybody out here, he could beat their ass, but he chose not to.... He was a big dude, but he moved like he was little. He was a big, playful motherfucker."

"Why should we believe the officer for the back half?"

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