When a crime happens, law enforcement officers have an understandable need to ensure that those who committed it are held responsible. Depending on the circumstances, police officers are often left to make critical decisions. Failure to follow policy could, unfortunately, have tragic consequences for innocent bystanders. In fact, a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit in Florida alleges that the actions of law enforcement officers led to the death of innocent bystanders.
The case involves the death of a UPS driver. Reports indicate that the 27-year-old man was killed after being taken hostage by robbers. A high-speed chase reportedly followed. The man died after over 200 bullets were fired by the robbers and the police in the middle of a road. Another innocent man was also reportedly killed in the incident.
The family of the deceased driver claims that they have not had any success in getting answers about their loved one’s death from law enforcement officers. Reports indicate that the multiple different agencies involved in the shooting, including 20 officers, have declined to provide information about it. The family of a second innocent person killed in the incident claims that they have also not been given any information, and they don’t really expect that they will ever know what happened. The lawsuit claims that failure to follow policy — including stopping the truck in which the victim was in before it reached a populated area and failing to negotiate — were factors that led to the UPS driver’s death
When a family member dies, especially in a situation such as this, the family’s need for answers is understandable. Unfortunately, the family of this deceased Florida man claims that they have been denied the answers that they need. As such, they may feel that they have no other option but to file a wrongful death lawsuit.