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City sued in the aftermath of police shooting

When news regarding wrongful death lawsuits breaks in Bozeman, most may likely associate them with claims filed between one private citizen against another. There will also be times when perhaps a company or corporation is named as the defendant in such an action, particularly in workplace accidents involving employees. Yet naming a city as a defendant? Indeed, if city or state officials are viewed as having contributed to one’s death (either through negligence or allegedly reckless action), the city or municipality itself may end up facing a civil action.

This is what is currently happening in a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed on behalf of a family in Ohio. They are alleging wrongdoing against the two local police offers who killed their son in a shootout, citing wrongful death, the use of excessive force, and racial discrimination, and even going so far as to accuse all members of the local police force of recklessly abusing their authority.

The young man whose death is at the center of this case was shot after police claim he leveled the gun he was carrying at them and fired off six rounds. A recent criminal trial absolved the officers of any guilt in the matter. However, themselves, the chief of police, and the entire police division are now named in this lawsuit.

Replacing the love and companionship of one who lost his or her life prematurely is next to impossible. However, holding those who were allegedly responsible for his or her death may not only leave one feeling better about the situation that produced it, but also enjoying the compensation to help fill the financial void his or her loved one left behind.

Source: “Henry Green’s family files wrongful death suit against City of Columbus” Stoia, Lu Ann, June 01, 2017 

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