There may or may not be a pattern here, but over the past few years, there has been more awareness of the biases the police force use while they are tracking down individuals. Whether or not you have been paying attention to the countless news stories discussing how people of color or more likely to have negative interactions with the police, it is not too far fetched to believe that sometimes the police are not using the standard of care necessary to ensure that not only are their lives safe, but also those who are they are trying to arrest.
Wrongful death is a type of civil lawsuit against a person, persons, or party whose behavior was negligent and lead to the death of an individual. This negligence can be connected to the direct cause of death. Family members of the person who passed away can sue for financial compensation. They can receive compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills associated with the incident, loss of income, loss of companionship, and stress and emotional trauma. This type of lawsuit can be filed alongside a criminal case. Neither of the results will affect the outcome of the other case. This means that a person can be considered not-guilty for the criminal case, but can still be accountable for the wrongful death suit.
The Police Problem
California has a long history of distrust between the police force and the black community. Whatever trust was there between the two parties was challenged again as another young black was shot to death by the police. The young man was found shot in the backyard with just a cell phone in his pocket when the police said they felt threatened which is why they choose to shoot.
The family of the young man was completely outraged and filed a wrongful death suit against the two police officers responsible for the life of the young man seeking $20 million in damages. In the suit, the family alleges that the police officers used excessive force by shooting the young man, failed to identify themselves as police officers, and that there was a delay in medical care for the young man. These allegations are strong and if upheld can change the way police officers are trained.
What To Do
Wrongful death suits are not for the faint of heart. It takes guts to file a suit and continue to keep the wound open while you search hard for justice while you are grieving. In order to have a successful wrongful death suit, you must hire an accident attorney who is willing to investigate, gather witnesses, and ask hard questions to help your case. You must hire an accident attorney who is willing to fight for you and your loved one aggressively and proficiently. Our wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg in Los Angeles are here to be your advocate and your aggressive defender. Call 310-997-0904 or click here for a free consultation on how we can help you today.