Relatives of an unarmed man shot to death by a Baltimore police officer last summer have filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit.
Officer Gahiji Tshamba has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tyrone Brown. The lawsuit names Tshamba as well as his supervisors, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld, Baltimore’s mayor and city council and the state of Maryland.
The lawsuit says Brown had his hands in the air and backed into an alley before Tshamba shot him a dozen times at close range. It also says Brown’s sister tried to intervene immediately before he was shot.
The lawsuit seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages on each of several counts, including wrongful death and civil rights violations.