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Family claims shooting was police misconduct

There is no question that the police have difficult jobs. They are often tasked with inserting themselves between two clashing sides and disarming those with guns or other lethal weapons. Unfortunately, stories alleging police misconduct in New York and across the country seem to fill the media these days. For example, a family in another state recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit after their son was reportedly shot and run over in an incident involving police officers.

Police say that on a night in early June they received a call about a man with a gun. The officers involved in the case claim they came upon a 20-year-old man with what appeared to be a gun. The officer driving reportedly jumped out of the vehicle, failing to put the car into park. The victim was shot multiple times before he was run over by the car. The gun the man had was a toy.

The parents of the deceased man want criminal charges filed against the officers who were involved in the incident. Their lawsuit claims that if their son acted in a way that seemed non-compliant, it was because he was attempting to remove himself from the path of the vehicle. They additionally claim that the first bullet that struck the man was in his back, an indication that he was not a threat to the officers at the time of the shooting.

While most officers are professionals committed to enforcing the law and protecting the public, there are still occasions of police misconduct. Often victims, including surviving family members, in New York are unsure how to seek justice following an incident such as this. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help these victims fully understand their options.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "Family Sues LAPD Over Fatal Police Shooting of 20-Year-Old", Sept. 20, 2017

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