Californians and millions of Americans throughout the country, are currently living in a particularly racially charged atmosphere. There is nothing that produces more racially-based angst among the population than a police shooting – particularly when the victim is an African-American who was shot by police officers. One family in California experienced this type of tragedy, and it appears that they are taking the necessary steps to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to a recent report, the family of a 22-year-old African-American man who was shot by police officers in Sacramento has filed a wrongful death claim with the city. As the report notes, such a move is usually the first step in the process in order to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit. All told, the family of the victim is reportedly seeking over $15 million in damages from the city of Sacramento. The shooting in this case occurred in March of this year. The reports indicate that the two police officers who were responsible for the shooting believed that the victim was armed with a handgun at the time but, in fact, he only had a cellphone.
Wrongful death lawsuits of this nature can be difficult for family members to cope with. Unlike many other types of wrongful death cases, instances that involve police shootings can be very high-profile and evoke strong feelings from all parties involved. Anyone who has had to suffer through the loss of a loved one due to another party’s negligence or recklessness should seek more information about their potential legal options.