Parents File Wrongful Death Suit Against Officers

Seven months after the shooting of their daughter, a Utah mother and father want answers and feel filing suit may be the only way they will get them. To date, they have only been provided with limited information regarding the shooting death of their 21-year-old daughter by two police officers.

Awful story here. The lawsuit states that the deceased was shot in the back of her head, “assassination style” while she was seated in her vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex. While casing the area for drug activity, the detectives say they saw what they believe was the young woman buy drugs. They claim that when they approached her vehicle, she put it in reverse and struck one of the detectives. Both detectives fired, and the girl was killed.

The City disbanded the Neighborhood Narcotics Unit after a routine investigation of the shooting led to the discovery of several problems including undisclosed amounts of missing drugs and money, mishandling evidence, booking evidence without proper documentation, and officers taking items from seized vehicles. Prosecutors have since dismissed more than 100 cases associated with the unit.

In early April, the FBI confirmed that it was formally joining the investigations into the narcotics unit to determine whether detectives broke any laws and if there was a cover-up after the girl’s shooting.

The lawsuit includes West Valley City and 14 police officers, including the two detectives responsible for the shooting as well as their supervisor and former police chief. The Salt Lake County District Attorney has yet to determine whether the shooting was legally justified.

It sounds as if this department had a whole mess of issues. It’s tragic that it took the death of a 21-year-old girl for this department to be investigated.

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