People in Broomfield trust in law enforcement officers to uphold the law and keep them safe. Fulfilling that expectation requires entrusting officers with the ability to use force in the execution of their duties. The hope may be that such officials are able to exercise sound judgment in the application of that force. Yet police officers may be subject to the same stresses that people in the general population face, and likewise may experience the same fears when confronted with a potentially tense situation. Unfortunately, the resources they use in their work could cause their reactions to said situations to produce devastating results.
The case of a Virginia killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officials illustrates this point. The man fled the scene of an accident he had been involved in, prompting authorities to pursue him. He stopped fleeing at separate points in the pursuit, only to drive away again after officers reportedly pointed their guns at him. After his third stop, authorities used vehicles to block his escape. Dashcam footage of the incident shows that as officials approached the vehicle, it started to move again. The officers responded by firing into the vehicle and killing the driver.
While a federal investigation into the officers' conduct is still ongoing, the family of the driver has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two of the officers involved, stating their actions were unwarranted. In cases such as this, sometimes the accompanying legal action may be to provide compensation for those affected by a loved one's loss; other times it may simply be to hold people accountable. Whatever the reason, those wanting to pursue a wrongful death claim may want to first consult with an attorney.