The 19-year-old’s father was gunned down after Seattle police fled the East Quarter on Capitol Hill during racial protests in June 2020, filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that Mayor Jenny Durcan, councilor Kshama Savant and others were acting “Intentionally. indifference “to lawlessness and contributed to its destruction.
The 40-page complaint filed by Horace Anderson and the legacy of his dead son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, was filed with the King County Superior Court on Wednesday, just two days after a federal judge dismissed similar claims filed in the US District Court by a young man. mother.
The new lawsuit, filed by Seattle attorney Evan Oshan, differs from the failed federal lawsuit in that it builds on state law and adds claims for negligence and violations of protections and responsibilities that cities and officials have on citizens, which are set out in the state constitution and statutes. which are generally more extensive than federal law.
The lawsuit followed a lawsuit against the city for $ 3 billion in damages. The claim itself does not indicate the amount of damages to be recovered.
He names the city of Seattle, Durcan and Savant as defendants, which the lawsuit alleges encouraged the so-called protest against the occupation of Capitol Hill to break the law and “undermine the safety of others” in the political theater.
Durcan, the lawsuit alleges, downplayed the illegal behavior and “celebrated the existence, ideas, and methods of the CHOP and CHOP members,” even though police officials, including then-chief Carmen Best, warned of an increase in mayhem and violence around Cal Park. Anderson.
“Despite the fact that the city authorities knew exactly what was happening in CHOP, being there every day and clearly in constant contact with residents of the area and business owners, they were deliberately indifferent to the safety and concern of residents and the public,” the lawsuit says.
He quotes Durcan’s tweet in which the mayor said that CHOP “is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist rebellion – it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and desire to build a better world,” referring to the outpouring of anger and sadness over the assassination of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 years by the Minneapolis police, which sparked anti-racist protests across the country.
Durcan, through her chief of staff, Stephanie Formas, declined to comment on the upcoming trial.
The message, delivered to Savant’s office through city councilor Dana Robinson Slote, did not generate a reaction Wednesday afternoon.
The younger Anderson, who bore the middle name, Lorenzo, graduated from the alternative youth education program on June 19, 2020 and visited the CHOP zone the next day, where he said he met with 18-year-old Marcel Long. to the police. The couple had a history of hostility and, according to police and witnesses, they exchanged words. Police said video surveillance showed Anderson leaving when Long, who was momentarily restrained by others, pulled out a pistol and fired several shots at him.
Long was charged with first-degree murder, but was not arrested for nearly a year, in part because police were unable or unwilling to enter the area to investigate, the lawsuit said.
Medics also delayed entry to the area, following a violent scene policy that requires police to react first and clear a path for fire and medical teams. When Anderson was shot, he was cured by civilian medics and was eventually taken to Harborview Medical Center in the back seat of a pickup truck because Medic One crews were unable to show up at the scene.
The lawsuit alleges that Anderson’s wounds would not have been fatal had he received immediate medical attention, and says he bled out on a table at a makeshift medical center near Cal Anderson Park.
The lawsuit alleges that there were serious communication disruptions between the Seattle Police Department and the firefighters because they did not develop an emergency plan despite the CHOP being in existence for two weeks before the shooting occurred.
That same night, the lawsuit says, the second unidentified victim of the shooting waited nearly 35 minutes before being loaded into a cargo van and taken to the hospital.
“If assistance was provided in a timely manner, Lorenzo Anderson would be alive today,” the lawsuit says. “Despite their knowledge of violence and chaos, Seattle’s leaders have failed Lorenzo.”
At one point, Durcan suggested to TV presenter Chris Cuomo that CHOP could be compared to the “Summer of Love” of 1967, when tens of thousands of peaceful hippies flocked to the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco.
The lawsuit claims that “The summer of love has inevitably turned into a summer of blood.”
“It took the predictable and preventable deaths of Lorenzo Anderson and others for Mayor Durcan to finally announce that Seattle would move and take over the PSC.”