Mother of man slain by Va. police files $10 million lawsuit

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The family of Kawanza Beaty, who was shot and killed by police on July 4, is suing the city and the police department for $10 million. A shotgun was recovered at the scene and found to be unloaded. “We’re trying to make it uncomplicated,” said Jimmy Ellenson, the attorney for Beaty’s family. “The city maintains their police officers didn’t do anything wrong … we can make this go real quick. It is for those reasons the family asked for a federal investigation. 10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks was at the courthouse when the lawsuit announcement was made Thursday.

The detective and the canine officer indicated they saw Beaty pointing a gun at the sergeant before the shooting, according to the police. “It is the longstanding deliberately indifferent custom, habit, practice and/or policy of the defendant city, as well as the defendant Myers, to permit officers to use excessive force against individuals when such use is unnecessary and unjustified, as well as to fail to supervise and train police officers in the appropriate limits of use of force,” the lawsuit states. Two investigations are pending in the case; one by the internal affairs department and the other by the Newport News commonwealth attorney’s office that will determine if any criminal charges should be filed in the case.

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