The father of Pharrell Williams’ late cousin filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday after his son was fatally shot by police in Virginia.
Wayne Lynch claimed his 25-year-old son, Donovan, was a “young, innocent, black man” who was shot “unlawfully and without warning” in March by a cop responding to a shooting that did not involve him.
The suit, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, is against the City of Virginia Beach as well as city cop Solomon Simmons III, who had not previously been identified as the shooter.
The lawsuit said that the star producer’s cousin was a victim of “arbitrary, deadly violence by the police” while innocently walking to his car with friends after a night out.
“Officer Simmons was on his way to respond to an incident in which Mr. Lynch was not a suspect and not involved,” the lawsuit said of a mass shooting that happened nearby.
“Mr. Lynch posed no threat to Officer Simmons or anyone else,” the lawsuit said, describing the 6-foot-5, 305-pound former linebacker “a gentle giant — and a man who could not be mistaken for another.”
But “Virginia Beach Police Officer Solomon D Simmons shot Mr. Lynch twice, killing him on the streets he grew up on,” the lawsuit insisted.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown