Springfield MA police prevail in shooting case

RJA prevails in Springfield police shooting case

An individual who had attempted to elude police officers who were pursuing him was shot by an officer when he failed to comply with the verbal commands of the officers and raised an object that the officers reasonably believed was a gun.  In a federal lawsuit filed after the shooting, the plaintiff alleged that several members of the police department involved in the incident were responsible for violating his civil rights.

            RESULT:  A federal judge rejected the plaintiff’s claims against the supervisory officers represented by the attorneys at RJA, concluding that the legal analysis set out in the RJA memorandum  supporting dismissal was correct and that the supervisors should have judgment entered in their favor.

COURT:  Federal District Court in Springfield

RJA Counsel:  Attorney Austin M. Joyce and Attorney Andrew J. Gambaccini