Family files wrongful death suit against SLMPD for officer-involved shooting


by Staff

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

(KMOV) – The family of a man shot and killed by police filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the St. Louis Police Department.

The family of Carry Ball Jr. says the obvious proof that police went over the line was that they shot Ball 25 times. 

“We believe it was excessive use of force on behalf of our police department and right now we have too many unanswered questions,” the family’s attorney Freeman Bosley Jr. said.

 Ball, 25, was giving a co-worker a ride home on April 24 when he was shot. Police attempted to stop Ball when he drove away, crashed his car and ran on foot.

The lawsuit claims the officers violated department policy by chasing Ball.

The chase started at 18th Street and Washington but the lawsuit claims there was no justification for it, he had not committed a felony.

Police say Ball was shot because he had a gun and wouldn’t put it down.
Chief Sam Dotson said “That’s exactly the type of work we expect out officers in hot-spot policing to do.”

Ball’s family said the number of times he was shot clearly raises red flags.

Police may claim his gun was in his hand but attorneys say credible witnesses say that’s not true.

“Four independent individuals, unrelated, who say the saw the young man throw a gun down and put up his hands before the shots were being fired.” Bosley said.

Attorneys say two things really show the officers’ disregard for the rights and safety of Carry Ball; they claim Ball was shot even after collapsing and on the ground and after being shot 25 times he was handcuffed behind his back as he was transported to an area hospital.

Police would not comment on the allegations.