The family of a black Connecticut teenager killed by a state trooper are seeking more than $10 million in wrongful death damages from state and local police.
Mubarak Soulemane, 19, died after police say he carjacked a vehicle in Norwalk on January 15 before leading troopers on a chase on Interstate 95 into West Haven.
State police body camera videos show a West Haven officer smashing out the passenger door window of the stolen car before a trooper shoots Soulemane with a stun gun, which didn’t work.
Another trooper, Brian North, who is white, then fired his handgun seven times through the driver’s door window when Soulemane displayed a knife, state police said.
Officials said Soulemane struck two state police cruisers and a civilian’s vehicle before troopers stopped his vehicle by boxing it in. West Haven police also responded to the scene.
Now lawyers for his family have asked the state claims commissioner for permission to sue the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and top state police officials including Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella for $10 million.
They also filed notice with the town of West Haven that they intend to sue the town and local police officials for an undisclosed amount of money.
The attorneys and family on Thursday also called on the state to convene a grand jury for a criminal investigation into the fatal shooting.
‘I want justice. I want justice,’ Soulemane’s mother, Omo Mohammed, said in an interview Thursday. ‘I want this policeman to go to jail for killing my son.’
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Source: Daily Mail