Most Miami parents would be shocked to hear that their child was shot and killed by police while he was walking down the street. This exact event recently happened in California. A teen was shot seven times by police as he walked down a street. But he was holding a toy gun while doing so.
On Oct. 22, the 13-year-old boy was walking down the road with a toy gun. A police officer noticed the boy and the toy pellet gun and believed it to be a real AK-47 rifle. The deputy shot the boy seven times. The 13-year-old suffered catastrophic personal injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The boy’s family has filed not one, but three wrongful death claims against Sonoma County. The claims cite intentional negligent conduct on behalf of the police officer, since the boy was allegedly unarmed and posed no threat to anyone. The family also claims that the fatal shooting has led to a loss of financial support for the family, as well as funeral and burial expenses. The family seeks monetary damages, as well as punitive damages, against the police officer who fired the shots. The family’s lawyer is also expected to file a civil lawsuit soon.
The lawsuits were filed fairly quickly, which could potentially interfere with the police departments’ investigation. The county must respond to the wrongful death claims within 45 days. The deputy who shot the boy allegedly has a history of using excessive force and has been placed on paid leave.
Although the job of police officers is to protect others, they must also good judgment. The family is within its right to seek compensation for the officer’s alleged misconduct, which resulted in financial damages and took the life of a young boy.
KTVU.com, “Wrongful death claims filed against county by Lopez’s parents” No author given, Nov. 01, 2013