Wrongful Death From Shooting Lawyer San Francisco CA
Christopher Morales is a California board-certified criminal law specialist, and one of his specialties is wrongful death from shootings in San Francisco, California. Mr. Morales works side-by-side with Sylvia Palma, a board certified criminal defense investigator who has 25 years of experience. Ms. Palm specializes in obtaining information from witnesses.
A wrongful death is defined as a death that is caused without legal justification. This means that it is caused intentionally, or by negligence. Self-defense is an example of a legal justification and does not qualify under wrongful death.
Example of Wrongful Death From Shooting: Fresno California, 2020
The family of Gerald Johnson sued the Fresno police force after they used excessive force. They shot Johnson, an unarmed, mentally ill Black man. He was in a drug-induced haze in March 2020.
Family called the police after Johnson swung a shovel at a relative, he then hid in a car in the backyard of his family’s property. The family claimed that these particular police officers had dealt with Johnson before. The police spent a few hours trying to coax him out of the car, as they planned to arrest him on suspicion of felony assault.
The family informed the police that Johnson had an unloaded pellet gun. The police began shooting when they approached the car and saw what appeared to be a gun in his hand. He was dead on arrival at the hospital.
This lawsuit was filed in early January 2021 with the Fresno County Superior Court against the city. The family claims that the police were malicious, and did not take into account Johnson’s needs, or safety. He was reportedly shot in the neck, the chest, and the stomach.
What Is Significant About This Case?
Gerald Johnson was in his family’s backyard, with an unloaded pellet gun. He had no intent to harm anyone. According to his family, they believed he was actually in the midst of a mental breakdown. The cops approached the car, and despite knowing he had an unloaded pellet gun, began shooting upon seeing it.
This man was shot to death in his own backyard, unarmed. This particular incident violated California’s new deadly force law, which further prompted the family to reach out to attorneys and file against the police force.
What Happens Next?
The family and their attorneys will work to find evidence that the officers involved were negligent or intended to hurt the deceased. And that’s what Morales Law Firm can do for you, if you’re ever in this situation.
Wrongful death is not something that should happen, and you deserve to fight for compensation. Money will not bring your family member back, but the lawsuit may change laws, or cause new laws to be enacted to ensure that nobody else dies in a similar manner.
If you or your family suffers a wrongful death from a shooting in San Francisco, California, Morales Law Firm is the firm for you.