On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
When someone dies at the hands of another person, whether intentional or accidental, there is little that can comfort the surviving family members of the deceased. One way to ensure that the person who caused the death is held responsible is to file a wrongful death (http://www.rblaw.net/practice-areas/wrongful-death) suit.
This is exactly what one family has done recently after their family member, a 45-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries sustained during an arrest. Authorities were notified of a domestic disturbance involving the man and his girlfriend. After North Chicago officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly used a stun gun and punched the man in an effort to subdue him.
Family members argue that excessive force was used, claiming that the man who suffered from sickle cell anemia was not punched just once but hit repeatedly. The country coroner found that the man’s kidneys and lungs were adversely affected by this abuse, leading to his death.
Much to the family’s dismay, no criminal charges have been filed against the police officers involved in the beating, even after the victim’s death was ruled a homicide. Though they may never see the police officers responsible for their loved one’s death in a criminal court, the family may be able to gain a sense of closure with their civil case. Of course no amount of monetary compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, but it certainly can help the family feel like at least a small amount of justice was served.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Death of Man Beaten, Stunned By Police Ruled Homicide,” Jan. 22, 2013