Civil Rights Lawsuits Filed Against The City Of Memphis

Posted on: 7:32 pm, January 8, 2014, by , updated on: 07:36pm, January 8, 2014

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(Memphis) The families of two men killed by Memphis police officers in January 2013 filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against the city, alleging that the officers and city violated the victims’ civil rights by using excessive force.

Steven Askew’s family says he was asleep in his car when police fired 22 shots at him.

The 24-year-old had a weapon, which he was licensed to carry, in the vehicle with him, but forensic evidence confirms he didn’t shoot at the officers.

An officer involved had been terminated from MPD for not meeting the minimum firearm proficiency standards during training, but was rehired and “had a history of unnecessarily escalating situations with citizens prior to this incident,” according to the families’ attorneys.

Click here to see the lawsuit filed by Askew’s family.

Donald Moore was killed when TACT Unit officers served a search warrant for a potential violation of an animal control ordinance.

The 67-year-old, who had no criminal history, went into his bedroom to call 9-1-1 for help when the officers forcibly entered the home.

In July, the city released the 911 call Moore made when the TACT team showed up at his house.

“I am sitting here and I hear somebody shooting and I don’t know if you shot my animals or not!” Moore says on the tape.

One second after he said that, an officer, who had previously been fired for use of excessive force but was reinstated and later promoted to the TACT Unit, shot Moore twice.

Before going into the home, the families’ attorneys say the officers were alerted to Moore’s potential mental health issues, but did not utilize crisis intervention officers while serving the warrant.

Click here to see the lawsuit filed by Moore’s family.

The officers involved in both incidents were fully exonerated by the city.

The families are each seeking $3 million in damages.

22 comments

  • upaces88 says:

    Lawsuits? Yes…most certainly. However, they should also go to prison.

    • Hard Truths says:

      Cops like these DO belong in prison.

      They are Memphis’ very own untouchable Ton Ton Macoutes.

  • ann martin says:

    memphis and shelby county police department is made up of child molesters, drug addicts and thugs and are the most corrupt in the usa.

  • upaces88 says:

    I am so sorry to hear that!
    Brooklyn, NY was the same way years and years ago. I don’t know how they are now.

  • debbie says:

    memphis police dept are a bunch of lying killers. They all need to be thrown in prison and get the shit kick out of them. They have to be the most corrupt in this country.

    • Little Detroit says:

      debbie be a product of the de mem shcoool system..no what im sayen

    • Hard Truths says:

      Memphis has a DEEPLY unprofessional police department.

      Bunch of Ton Ton Macoutes. Poorly trained, low intelligence, trigger-happy bullies who were too small to play college football and too dumb to go to college for any other reason. Just a bunch of THUGS, both white and black.

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    +1

  • Don says:

    Just a couple of Ghetto Lotto to keep the lawyers happy. Nothing more, nothing less. They are just tying up the courts
    time.

  • debra says:

    to all memphis police; shame on you. You are nothing but scum of the earth.

  • Hard Truths says:

    And there are certainly MORE than enough bad, lousy, corrupt, unprofessional, thuggish cops in Memphis to make the FEW good cops look bad, because they are wearing the same uniform of shame.

  • debra says:

    to mr. detroit. you must be one of those dirty cops to be defending them. They act like they are above the law because they wear a sheild that protects their crimes they commit against law abiding citizens. they act like they are god. Memphis police department are nothing but thugs in a uniform; so don’t get it twisted that they are innocent from the crimes they commit against the citizens of memphis.

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