Family of man shot by JSO officer files lawsuit

Heather Crawford anchors. 9/8/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The family of a man shot and killed by a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy after a police chase in May has filed a federal lawsuit against the agency, the deputy, and Sheriff Mike Williams.

Lawyers representing the family of Vernell Bing II filed a lawsuit in Jacksonville federal court Thursday. morning.

The lawsuit names Williams and Deputy Sheriff Tyler Landreville as defendants. The lawsuit alleges Bing was a victim of unlawful use of excessive and deadly force by Landreville.

In May, Landreville shot Bing after Bing led police on a chase through a several neighborhoods in the Northside. Bing went to the hospital with life-threating conditions and was later pulled from life-support. Lawyers representing the Bing family say they believe the lawsuit will help get answers.

“We believe this man was executed and we plan to show that as part of our lawsuit. It is important to know this want be a quick fix. This community needs to heal and change,” says attorney Ronald Kurpiers.

Bing’s father and young son attended the press conference, but did not speak.

The 16-page lawsuit also claims wrongful death and violation of civil rights. 

In June, Sheriff Williams said the shooting was under investigation and the agency has not said whether the shooting was a "justified use of force".

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case to see if the deputy or agency violated any laws. That investigation is still on-going.

The Sheriff's Office released this statement hours after the law suit was announced:

The JSO has been made aware a news conference was held today by representatives for the family. Per our standing protocol, no comment is made on lawsuits/intent to sue statements.

With respect to the investigation, we await determination on the criminal case from the State Attorney’s Office.

Regarding the use of surveillance cameras, we don’t reveal the locations of surveillance cameras, with few exceptions including release for legal proceedings.

Lastly, some have inquired about the status of our pilot program for body cameras. We continue to talk to vendors and formulate our pilot program. We will keep you updated on developments regarding this project.


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