City of Norfolk Refused to Release Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Joshua “Omar” Johnson Says John Cooper
Attorney John Cooper of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was asked by Fox 43 to give a TV interview about the wrongful death case he has filed against police officers in the wake of the shooting death of a young man in Norfolk last year.
Joshua “Omar” Johnson was killed at the drive-through of the Wells Fargo bank on Colonial Avenue in Ghent in Norfolk last May. John Cooper told WAVY 10/FOX 43, the City of Norfolk has refused to release its video of the shooting to the family.
See the story on WAVY.com
“We kept asking them to voluntarily give it to us so as we could have it – not even give us to the media, or anything else, just show it to the family, but they would not give it us” said Mr. Cooper. The city told him to sue if he wanted to get the evidence. Now a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed 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 Wells Fargo at 21st and Colonial Avenue with Williams on foot behind the vehicle.
The Virginian-Pilot reported the officers were called to the bank 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.