A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the city of Chicago over the death of a man shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer. The shooting took place at a Chicago Housing Authority building on the Near West Side in September 2013.
Jarrod Horton filed the lawsuit in Chicago’s U.S. District Court, claiming that police did not have any reason to arrest or shoot his brother, Marlon Horton, after he left the building as a security guard had requested.
According to authorities, the off-duty police officer, who was working as a security guard, came to the building to assist a female security guard in removing Marlon Horton from the lobby, where he was sleeping.
Authorities say that Horton left, but that the guards confronted him again when they saw him urinating on a truck outside. During the confrontation, Horton allegedly knocked the officer over and pulled the guard’s hair, and when it appeared that he could reach the guard’s gun, the off-duty officer shot him in the chest.
The lawsuit claims that police had no reason to arrest Horton and that excessive force was used against him. The suit claims false arrest, wrongful death, emotional distress and civil rights violations.