Family of drunk California man killed by police sues
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys have filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit against the city of Modesto after police fatally shot an intoxicated man armed with a trailer hitch after her stepfather called 911 for help.
Civil rights attorney John Burris announced on Tuesday the federal trial at the Modesto home of David Chavez, 30, who died after police were called there on July 14. for human life.
“The police were called to protect the family, but because they failed to communicate, due to lack of patience or, even worse, lack of respect for life in this community, they destroyed the lives of people she was called to protect,” Burris said. in a report.
In response, the Modesto Police Department posted information about the fatal encounter on social media, The Modesto Bee reported.. The video footage includes a 911 call made by a man eventually identified as Chavez’s stepfather, who said his son-in-law was drunk and at his doorstep, threatening his life and ripping the screen door open.
The caller said Chavez picked up a tow hook and called it a gun.
Responding officers repeatedly told Chavez to drop the hitch, but he did not. The police fired twice and used a Taser on him. Chavez later died in a hospital.
In the video, Modesto Police Chief Brandon Gillespie said the California Department of Justice would not investigate the officer’s shooting because Chavez was carrying a deadly weapon, the trailer hitch. The department is responsible for investigating officer shootings that have resulted in the deaths of unarmed civilians.
Burris said Chavez was not holding the trailer hitch in a threatening manner. He and his family are asking that the officer who fired be prosecuted for manslaughter or murder.
The police department is conducting criminal and administrative investigations, and the district attorney’s office is conducting its own investigation, Gillespie said.