The family of Dominique White, who died in a police shooting last fall, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Topeka and the two officers who shot and killed him.
The lawsuit claims the officers – Justin Mackey and Michael Cruse – shot White illegally when he presented no threat to the officers or anyone else.
Dominique’s father, Kelly White says, “Just open up eyes and let community know that the officers were wrong and that we’re not trying to condemn the whole police department.”
Dominique’s mother, Theresa Wynne also expressed displeasure, “He was shot by the police, Topeka police who are supposed to serve and protect us.”
Officers said they shot White, 30, after he ran from them and reached for a pocket that had a firearm in it. The shooting happened while officers were responding to a disturbance call on Sept. 28, 2017, in East Topeka.
Prosecutors cleared the two officers of any criminal wrongdoing. Police said an internal review showed the officers followed department policy and the officers have since returned to duty.
The lawsuit asks a jury to consider whether the city and officers violated the constitution, and seeks at least $75,000 in damages.
“The unconstitutional policies and practices of the Topeka Police Department resulted in the death of Dominique T. White,” the lawsuit said. “The City of Topeka is therefore also liable for his death.”
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