AUSTIN (KXAN) — The family of a man who was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in 2012 has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the City of Austin.
On April 5, 2012, Officer Eric Copeland killed 37-year-old Ahmede Jabbar Bradley during a traffic stop that resulted in a chase and physical altercation.
The plaintiffs included in the lawsuit are: Bradley’s mother, Angela Orr; Monteria Brown, Bradley’s eldest daughter; and two of Bradley’s minor kids.
The lawsuit claims Officer Copeland used excessive force and that the City of Austin failed to discipline and provide adequate training for its officers.
The lawsuit goes on to say the officer “intentionally struck Bradley in the face, head and body at a time when Bradley had not assaulted Copeland.”
Chief Art Acevedo described the altercation between Bradley and Copeland as a ‘violent struggle’ for the officer’s gun and Bradley was trying to choke Copeland with the cord to his microphone.
According to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, after a two minute struggle, Copeland was able to kick Bradley away from him and when Bradley started coming back toward him, Copeland shot him three times in the chest.
In Aug. 2013, a Travis County Grand Jury declined to indict Officer Copeland.
The City of Austin Law Department said they haven’t received the lawsuit yet but “they are prepared to defend the City and the aCity of Austin Law Department:
“The City first learned of the lawsuit through the media and has not yet received it, but we of course are familiar with the incident and we are prepared to defend the City and the actions of its officers.”
The attorney representing Bradley’s family in this case is Bobby Taylor. Taylor is also representing the children of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. who was shot and killed by an APD detective last July.