I could have lost my life and my daughter could have lost hers, says Latasha Smith, who was accidentally hit by a bullet fired from an officer’s gun. According to NBC News, a woman has filed a lawsuit against police in Jackson, Mississippi. He accuses the police of “violating civil rights” as well as “acting recklessly and using excessive and unreasonable force”.
The event took place on December 11, 2022. Latasha Smith, 49, was hit in the shoulder by a bullet that pierced a wall while she was lying in bed at her home in Jackson, Mississippi. As journalists have established on the basis of surveillance recordings, the bullet came from the weapon of a police officer who opened fire during the pursuit of a person suspected of stealing a car.
The woman filed a lawsuit against the police
Local police and investigators said “little” to explain the incident and declined to release the name of the officer who fired the shot or release the camera footage, NBC News reported. Latasha Smith sued Jackson police on Tuesday. He accuses its commanders and officers of “violating civil rights” as well as “acting recklessly and using excessive and unreasonable force.”
The 49-year-old says the gunshot wound left her unable to work for several months, and the incident traumatized her 13-year-old daughter, who was in the room with her at the time. “Why not make them pay for what they did to me?” I could have lost my life and my daughter could have lost hers,” Smith told NBC News. The lawsuit alleges that the incident last December occurred due to officers’ inadequate training and a “deliberate display of indifference” to the rights of Smith and other Jackson residents.
Use of Force Policy
The incident was the fourth of its kind involving Jackson police since July 2022, NBC News reported, noting that local law enforcement’s use of force policies had not been updated since 2006, while national standards “evolved.”
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