Pennsylvania Lawsuit Alleges Wrongful Death by Police in Mercer County
The girlfriend of a man who was fatally shot in 2011 filed suit against the police department and officers involved in the shooting. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death by the officers who responded to a call about a man who was mentally ill. The police also received information the man might have been armed. According to the complaint, police responded and shot and killed the victim as he was exiting a car. According to the plaintiff, the victim was disturbed but not a threat to anyone. Police officers fired from 60 feet away. A police investigation found the shooting justified, and the officers were cleared of wrongdoing by a criminal investigation.
Police officer shootings are a necessary part of the job. This is unfortunate, but police have to be justified when using deadly force or any force. Police cannot resort to deadly force unless they have a reason. If officers are unjustified in using deadly force or any level of force, victims can filed suit against the police department and the officers. These suits are very difficult because police receive deference and sovereign immunity comes into play.
Wrongful death claims can be the most difficult types of cases to litigate. These cases are often very emotionally charged, and it takes a skilled practitioner to put emotion aside and make the best arguments for the family of the victim. However, that attorney has to be emotionally invested in the case as well. The family of attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with wrongful death cases and can help you recover the judgment you deserve. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.
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