Family Of Man Killed By Dearborn Police Officer Files $10 Million Lawsuit

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Relatives of a man fatally shot by a Dearborn police officer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer and city.

The $10 million suit was filed Friday in federal court, according to multiple reports. It alleges the officer used excessive force and violated the rights of 35-year-old Kevin Matthews during the Dec. 23 arrest.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad told The Detroit News he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and declined comment. Emails seeking comment from city spokeswoman Mary Laundroche were’t immediately returned.

According to police, Matthews — who was unarmed — struggled with the unidentified Dearborn officer following a foot chase from that city into a nearby Detroit backyard. Officials say Matthews was involved in an earlier larceny in Dearborn and was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant in Redford Township.

A private autopsy report indicated that Matthews was shot five or six times, and at least one shot was from “close range.” The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has said Matthews died of multiple gunshot wounds, but hasn’t released additional details or the full report of the autopsy it conducted.

[MORE: Demonstrators Demand Trial For Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man]

Matthews’ mother, Valarie Johnson, says he had mental and emotional problems.

The officer involved in the shooting has not been named publicly, but was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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  1. Jonathan Gruber says:

    SO SICK OF THE LAWSUIT LOTTERIES. WELFARE MAMA’S DO NOT KEEP THEIR PSYCHOTIC OFFSPRING AT HOME ….WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE PSYCHOTIC. WHEN THEY THREATEN CITIZENS, ROB, BURGLARIZE, ASSAULT AND THEN ATTACK POLICE AND THEY ARE PUT DOWN, THEN OUT COME THE WAILING RELATIVES, SHRIEKING ABOUT POOR, POOR HELPLESS PSYCHOTIC……..WHERE WERE THE TEARS BEFORE THE JUSTIFIED SHOOT? WHY WERE THESE RELATIVES WHO ARE TEARING THEIR HAIR AND RENDING THEIR GARMENTS (OH YES AND DIALING STEINBERG, FEIGER AND BERNSTEIN) NOT INVOLVED WITH THE PSYCHOTIC THAT THEY CARE SOOOOO MUCH ABOUT TO KEEP HIM AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC AND OUT OF SITUATIONS WITH OFFICERS?

    THE ANSWER IS THE RELATIVES DID NOT GIVE A $HIT ABOUT THE PSYCHOTIC WHO MADE THEIR LIVES MISERABLE DUE TO HIS ILLNESS. THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE CASH-GRAB.

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