SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The parents of a 13-year-old Utah boy with autism filed a federal lawsuit against the Salt Lake City Police Department alleging an officer shot the teenager 11 times.
The lawsuit filed in Utah District Court Monday claims the boy was severely injured when police responded to a call for assistance Sept. 4 while the unarmed teen was suffering a mental health crisis.
The civil lawsuit alleges multiple failures by the police department and responding officers, including the failure of officers to adequately assess the situation or seek guidance from superiors.
Officers aggravated the situation by using aggressive language and actions and intentionally turned off body cameras during and after the shooting, the lawsuit claims.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s office is investigating the case. The officer who was named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit for allegedly firing the shots was placed on administrative leave.
Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown, the Salt Lake City Corporation and 10 other people who are not identified are also listed as defendants in the lawsuit.
The Salt Lake City Police said Tuesday that the department had not been served with the lawsuit and would not comment on pending litigation and an open investigation.