NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The family of a man killed by police is filed a $7 million lawsuit against two Norfolk officers Tuesday.
10 On Your Side has covered this story extensively since it broke in May. That’s when Joshua “Omar” Johnson was killed at the drive-through of the Wells Fargo bank on Colonial Avenue in Ghent. Police say Johnson was trying to cash a stolen check and backed into an approaching officer with his car.
The lawsuit claims: “Johnson was killed by the excessive and unreasonable use of deadly force.” It goes on to say the “excessive and unreasonable use of deadly force were the results of errors and recklessness on the part of the police.” It claims officers violated police safety rules by barricading Johnson’s vehicle.
Norfolk’s Commonwealth’s Attorney already ruled the use of deadly force by police was justified in the incident.
Johnson’s family has asked the city to release surveillance video of the shooting.