Monday, 1 Jun 2020

Family sues Nashville, officer for $30m in fatal shooting

Nashville and one of its police officers are being sued by the family of a black man who ran from police and had a gun when he was shot from behind last July.

Attorney Joy Kimbrough says the lawsuit filed Monday in Nashville federal court seeks $30 million. It names Officer Andrew Delke and Nashville’s government.

Separately, Delke faces first-degree murder charges in 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick’s death.

The suit claims Nashville’s police department has a culture of violence and racism and that Hambrick’s shooting was at least partly motivated by race.

Delke’s attorneys have argued he followed his training and state law. District Attorney General Glenn Funk has said Delke could have sought cover and called for help.

A police department spokesman called the lawsuit an inflammatory attack containing misinformation.

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