Family sues police over fatal shooting

August 28, 2009 2:47:19 PM PDT
The family of a 23-year-old Riverdale man shot and killed by police last week filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the Riverdale Police Department. The family of Brandon Harper, along with their attorneys, claim Harper was unarmed when police approached him as he sat inside a vehicle on August 20.

Harper's family, which held a rally Tuesday night outside a Riverdale Village Board meeting, says the shooting was unjustified.

"He never got out of the car. He sat there and this man shot him in the heart one time, killed my child for no reason," said Nora Harper, Brandon's mother.

Riverdale police say Harper and two others refused to comply with orders and the officer feared for his life.

The incident is under investigation by the state police and Cook County's public integrity task force.


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