Police Shooting Prompts Civil Rights Claims
Former Officer Allan Brown Shot Three Teens After High Speed Chase
A police shooting two years ago is prompting a flurry of civil lawsuits against the City of Columbus and the former officer involved.
The attorneys representing the three parties involved vowed to take the city to court over the police shooting that left one teen dead.
This week they appear poised to make good on that promise.
Almost two years to the date a Columbus Police Officer chased three teens in a reported stolen vehicle across state lines into Phenix City and fired 21 shots , striking all three
a federal lawsuit claims Officer Allan Brown used excessive force and his actions were “illegal and improper”.
Christian Redwine was driving the car he took without permission from his own home in the middle of the night.
His friends Hannah Wuenschel and Hunter Tillis were also in the vehicle.
A high speed police pursuit ensued across state lines when the driver lost control.
Redwine was shot 11 times and died on the scene. Wuenschel and Tillis also suffered gunshot wounds.
Officer Allan Brown said he feared for his life and thought the teen was trying to run over him.
The documents note Hunter Tillis was shot in the face, and that prior to this incident the Columbus Police Department knew Officer Brown had “a propensity for violence and use of excessive force”.
The Ante Litem notice filed Thursday on behalf of Hunter Tillis is a prelude of more to come with attorney’s for Wuenschel and the family of Christian Redwine expected to file their own federal claims prior to next Tuesday’s deadline.
City Attorney Clifton Fay declined to comment on camera about any pending lawsuit until he has a chance to review the claims but he is prepared to assert various immunity defenses afforded to city officials under the law.