(CN) – Chattanooga police officers Tasered and then shot a man 43 times, killing him, after his parents reported he was threatening suicide by pointing a rifle at his own head, the family claims in Federal Court. The family says the man never pointed the gun at anyone but himself.
Chattanooga cops shot at the late Alonzo Heyward 59 times on the porch of the family’s house on July 18, and hit him 43 times, the family says. They say they were with him when the police killed him, and he never had threatened anyone but himself. He was depressed, his family says.
They demand punitive damages from the City of Chattanooga, its Police Department and the officers. They are represented in Chattanooga Federal Court by Archie Sanders III with the Cochran Firm of Memphis.