Family of teen shot by police files plan to sue

Family of teen shot by police files plan to sue
TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - The lawyer representing the family of a Washington County teenager killed by deputies has filed notice of an intent to sue, claiming the deputies were not trained in crisis management and should have used a stun gun before firing bullets.
The dollar amount the family of Lukus Glenn is seeking will be revealed when the lawsuit is filed against Washington County, Tigard and the deputies and officer involved in the shooting, the lawyer, Lawrence Peterson, said in a letter sent to the parties on Thursday and later posted on The Oregonian's affiliated Web site.
After the shooting, the district attorney found that police were justified in using deadly force. Glenn's family sought a public inquest, but the Washington County Board of Commissioners denied the request.
"In everyone's mind, the shooting was done by the book, and we don't believe that," said Hope Glenn, the teen's mother.
Tigard city officials and a county spokesperson told The Oregonian they have received notice of the suit but declined to comment because of the pending litigation.
The confrontation between Lukus Glenn and the authorities started when Hope Glenn called 9-1-1 early Sept. 16. She said her son was holding a knife to his throat and threatening the family. When Glenn refused to drop his pocket knife, the officer first shot him with bean bags. Deputies then opened fire, striking him with eight bullets. 
An autopsy showed Glenn had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
The notice claims the former Tigard High School football star's death could have been prevented. Peterson wrote that a 9-1-1 recording of the shooting shows there is no gap between the beanbag shots and the bullets fired by the deputies.
It also said officers should have used a Taser, which fires non-lethal electric shocks, to subdue Glenn. The Tigard police officer was carrying a Taser, Peterson said.
The notice claims the officers were not appropriately trained in using deadly force and in dealing with crisis situations.
"They overreacted to a distraught teenager with violent use of force," Peterson wrote.
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