The city of Baytown, Texas, failed to adequately train its officers on how to de-escalate situations involving people with mental illness, according a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city by the family of Pamela Turner on April 8.
Turner was fatally shot by officer Juan Delacruz in May 2019 as the officer was patrolling the parking lot of The Brixton Apartments.
Delacruz, the city of Baytown and Cypress Point Equity Partners, which manages the apartment complex where 44-year-old Tuner resided and was killed, are named defendants in the suit.
“What (Delacruz) did was not extend any consideration, any professionalism or any humanity to Pamela Turner,” said Benjamin Crump, the family’s layer, outside of a Houston courthouse.
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages.
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