HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for the family of a Virginia man who was killed by police are trying to take his wrongful death suit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Daily Press reported Tuesday that attorneys for William A. “Bootsie” Cooper have filed one last appeal. They want to argue that a trial judge was wrong to bar evidence and dismiss the $10 million suit in 2016.
The 69-year-old Cooper was killed in a police raid of his Hampton home in 2011. They were looking for evidence that Cooper was selling prescription painkillers.
Lawyers representing Cooper’s estate assert that the police conducted a “reckless” investigation. But officers later testified that they knocked loudly on Cooper’s door and loudly identified themselves. They said Cooper ignored their orders to drop his gun.
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