Widow Sues Ex-Portsmouth Police Chief, Claiming Husband was Unarmed When Officer Killed Him

Brown told the officers he did not want to speak with police, the lawsuit said, and he drove home “abiding by all traffic laws.” It added that Brown was “not being directly followed by a Portsmouth police vehicle with its overhead lights activated.”

The lawsuit alleged Thursby “crept up behind” Brown outside the house before using his Taser, hitting him and following him inside.

The lawsuit said the incident continued inside the bedroom, with Thursby and another officer “beating” Brown on the ground while his wife screamed. It said a third officer removed Octavia Brown from the room before Thursby got up, backed away from Walter Brown and opened fire.

It said Thursby shot Brown one more time in the head as he lay “helpless on the floor.”

The lawsuit claims Hargis, who now serves as the chief of the Frederick Police Department in Maryland, routinely let his officers use excessive force on people, “particularly African American individuals.”

It also points out that Thursby has been involved in the deaths of three other people in the line of duty.

In 2009, he was one of several officers who fired on Demetrius Edens, 28, and Darren Wilson, 25. The two were killed when police tried to arrest them in the Holly Cove neighborhood of Chesapeake.

And in 2010, he was one of several officers who fired on David Lewis Warren, 68, killing him during a standoff that stemmed from a dispute concerning overgrown grass outside a condemned house in Cavalier Manor.

“The actions of the police were outrageous and grossly negligent,” the lawsuit said regarding Brown’s death. “The police were plainly incompetent or knowingly violated the law.”

Source: https://pilotonline.com

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