Innocent people are shot and killed in the U.S. by trigger-happy police officers every year. In 2019 alone, more than 1,000 people were killed by the same police officers who swore to serve and protect the people.
While some officers blame the shootings on fear or reflex action, and others blame the shootings on false information, it’s clear that a lack of training, an over-militarization of the police force, and racial biases are root causes of the issue.
There are ways to deal with these issues in court, however. Experienced civil rights attorneys like Carol Powell Lexing take on these cases not only to help the victim’s families, but to work to ensure these types of shootings become less and less common.