The mother of a man whom Pittsburgh police fatally shot in a 2011 traffic stop sued the city, its police chief and two officers in U.S. District Court today.
Lawrence A. Jones Jr., of the North Side, was 24 at the time of the Dec. 23, 2011, stop in the afternoon in Knoxville.
According to the complaint by attorney Timothy P. O'Brien on behalf of the mother, Marie C. Reese, Mr. Jones was the unarmed subject of a traffic stop initiated by officers Jeffrey John Abraham and Joseph P. Fabus and was shot while exiting his car.
That violated Mr. Jones' rights against unlawful search and seizure and his due process rights, Mr. O'Brien wrote, demanding more than $50,000 in compensatory damages.
The defendants are the city, Chief Nate Harper and the two officers.
City Solicitor Daniel Regan could not be immediately reached for comment.
After the shooting, police told reporters that Mr. Jones' car was stopped because he was blaring music. Mr. Jones, police said then, refused to show his hands and tried to flee by driving away, and an officer who believed he had a gun shot him.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.