The City of Norfolk has been forced to hand over video taken at the Wells Fargo bank on 21st Street to the family of a man who was fatally shot by police, after receiving a subpoena from attorney John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.
Joshua “Omar” Johnson was killed at the drive-through of the Wells Fargo bank on Colonial Avenue in Ghent in Norfolk last May. His attorney John Cooper took legal action against the City of Norfolk after it refused to release its video of the shooting to the family. The city has now released the video evidence. John Cooper also took action to obtain video footage from the bank.
Recently Mr. Cooper filed a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family against Norfolk police.
The lawsuit alleges that police officers Matthew A. Watson and Matthew Williams were in violation of police procedure when they barricaded Mr. Johnson’s vehicle at the bank at 21st and Colonial Avenue with Williams on foot behind the vehicle.
The Virginian-Pilot reported the officers were called out to the Wells Fargo on May 20, 2013 because Johnson and his girlfriend were attempting to cash a stolen check. See more on this lawsuit on the Cooper Hurley Norfolk wrongful death lawyers’ blog.
“The family hired us in part because they wanted to know the facts, to know what happened,” said John Cooper in a new video.
“This is the first round. We have gotten the video tape evidence. We are going to have it analyzed by an expert who knows about police procedures and trains police officers all across the country,” said Mr. Cooper.
If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another person call the Norfolk wrongful death lawyers at Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077.