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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Anaheim Police

The family of a man who was shot by Anaheim police in January has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department. The lawsuit claims that their family member did not represent a threat to the police force and that he was shot for no reason. They are seeking $20 million in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint that was filed on Oct. 15 at the Orange County Superior Court, SWAT team members received a 911 call at an apartment complex in Orange County when witness stated that a man had a gun.

When the SWAT team arrived at the scene, they saw a group of men in the parking lot and claimed that the victim threatened them with a gun. The gun that the victim had in his hand at the time was a BB gun that he purchased for his son.

The officers shot the man thinking it was an assault rifle. The lawsuit claims that the man represented no danger to the police force.  Officials with the police department stated that each patrol car is equipped with a gun and after receiving a call about a man with a gun, they decided to “deploy” the weapon based on the situation.

If your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death, we know that compensation cannot make the tragedy go away, but it may be able to help with added financial stress. Contact the San Diego wrongful death lawyers of Ritter & Associates today.

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