Civil Lawsuit Filed Over 2010 Officer-Related Shooting

By KBJR News 1

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter)
-- The father of the 17-year-old, shot and killed by Duluth Police in 2010 is filing a lawsuit against the city. Joseph Carl's death was deemed justified after the Scott County Attorneys office investigated the officer-related shooting.

Police video showed Carl violently striking a police car with a bat shortly before officer Jeffery Keast shot him.

There are no criminal elements of this litigation. It is a civil lawsuit. Anthony Carl's Lawyer, Robert Kaner says that the purpose is to review and investigate police protocol with situations like the officer-related shooting with his client's late son.

Kaner says that the Duluth Police Department received a call from Anthony Carl, the night of August 5th, 2010, saying his son was behaving erratically and wanted the police to get control of his son.

The issue, according to Kaner, is that only one officer was sent to control Joseph Carl that night, and that the Duluth Police could have handled the situation differently.

Anthony Carl wants a thorough look at what happened that night, and what can be done for future tragedies from happening again.

"What the father wants to do is conduct an investigation through my office as to what lead up to this and what the protocols are for the Duluth Police Department when faced with this type of circumstance," said Kaner.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsey released this statement:

"No one could have predicted an assault on this officer’s life like what happened. As stated by an independent investigation, there was no wrongdoing and I stand behind the officer’s and department’s actions.”

Carl is looking for 50,000 and the city has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.