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Family to sue police over police foot chase that injured man

Posted By admin On August 27, 2009 @ 8:56 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Scott Gutierrez
Seattle Post-Intelligencer [1]
Thursday, August 27, 2009

The family of an Edmonds man who was brain-damaged in a police foot chase said Tuesday it will file a $25 million claim against King County.

Christopher Harris, 29, was knocked into a coma at the end of a May 10 pursuit in Belltown. Harris had inexplicably run from two Metro Transit police officers who were incorrectly told that Harris was involved in a robbery at a convenience store at Second Avenue and Bell Street. He was overtaken and shoved headfirst into a wall.

Sim Osborn, the family’s attorney, and Harris’ wife, Sarah Jorgenson, held a news conference Tuesday. They allege that the officer, Deputy Matt Paul, used excessive and unnecessary force when he shoved Harris headfirst into a wall at the Seattle Cinerama Theater at Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street.


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They seek money to pay for Harris’ hospital care and for emotional damages suffered by his wife.

The incident was reviewed by the Sheriff’s Office and the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors determined the deputy’s use of force was lawful. Harris had been ordered several times to stop, although it appears in a video [3]of the incident that he was slowing down when the deputy caught him.

Harris remains in a coma-like state, according to a news release from Osborn’s office.

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