Mother Sues Peoria Over Son's Police Shooting | WGLT

Mother Sues Peoria Over Son's Police Shooting

Jun 18, 2018

A mother whose son was fatally shot by police is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.

Eddie Russell with his mother, Anita Johnson. Johnson has filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages in the death of her son.
Credit Peoria Public Radio

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Peoria late Sunday alleges officers shot Edward Russell Jr. at least 17 times as he lifted a garage door at the family's Peoria home with both hands. He was a suspect in a bank robbery.

The filing alleges officers knew Anita Johnson's 25-year-old son suffered from mental illness. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It names Peoria and several officers as defendants.

Protesters marched to the police department after the shooting. Family attorney Andrew Stroth says officers "utilized a brazen military-style approach and executed" Russell, who was black.

A message seeking comment from Peoria was left early Monday.

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