JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A man who was shot after assaulting police officers with a fence post filed a federal lawsuit against Jersey City, the police department and the unnamed officers.
NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2r4vSFx ) reported 27-year-old Mark Highsmith’s suit claims excessive use of force by the officers and malicious prosecution. He also alleges the city and the police department failed to properly train police officers and failed to prevent wrongful acts by police.
The lawsuit does not say how much Highsmith is seeking in damages.
Highsmith was arrested after police shot him while fleeing following the fence post attack on officers in 2014. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer and is awaiting sentencing.
Court documents show Highsmith was treated for gunshots to his left arm, buttocks, torso and left thigh. His attorney said it was “a miracle he survived.”
“Reciprocal mutual respect between the public and law enforcement is the only way we can bridge these hurdles,” the attorney said.
A judge in the criminal case questioned the officer’s actions in the shooting, saying they needed to be trained in how to “defuse situations.”
A grand jury declined to charge the officers in the shooting.
The Hudson County prosecutor’s office completed an investigation into the shooting but declined to share the results with NJ.com.
The attorney general’s office is reviewing the investigation report. The office also declined to comment on the investigation.
Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com