SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WTGS) — Family members of a man who was shot and killed by a Georgia State Trooper in Screven County could soon sue the state of Georgia for his death.
Investigators said Julian Lewis was shot and killed on Aug. 7 after Georgia State Trooper Jacob Thompson attempted to pull him over. Thompson has since been fired and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Monday, the family gathered at the Southern District of Georgia courthouse to announce their plans to sue the state of Georgia.
“All I want is justice for my only son,” said Lindsay Milton, Lewis’ mother.
“He went beyond the scope of his job, beyond his duties, beyond the law,” said Francys Johnson, the Lewis’ family attorney.
The family is asking the state for $1 million, and an additional $12 million for what they’re calling a violation of Lewis’ civil rights.
“The death of my husband was very devastating. The money will not bring my husband back. No amount of money will bring him back. I loved my husband. He is not here, but justice will be served,” said Betty Lewis.
The family’s attorneys said they’re hoping to hear from the state soon.
“In something as blatant as this, we would expect the state to step up, and to address this without us having to file a lawsuit,” said Mawuli Davis, the other attorney on the case.
The family said they hope his death is an example.
“It will be shown even in a small place like Sylvania, Georgia, that no one, even a Georgia State Trooper is above the law,” said Johnson.
Courtesy of Fox News Atlanta