BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud News) – A man shot by an EBRSO Deputy has filed a civil lawsuit against the department.
“What did I do so bad in life to deserve something like that.”
Benjamine Chambers said, a year ago he was inside his car sleeping when an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy shot through his window.
“The bullet took all of the lining from the bottom of my mouth, went through my esophagus and stopped right before my spinal cord” said Chambers.
On April 15, 2019, the deputy was responding to a suspicious vehicle parked at a dentist’s office. A report from Louisiana State Police claims, Chambers tried to ram the deputies car, forcing him to fire.
“I don’t care what’s in the state police report we know that we can’t believe in that” said Ron Haley, Chamber’s Attorney.
Chamber’s legal team say, typically a person would be charged with criminal damage to property if he had attempted to ram the vehicle but in this case, nothing happened.
“That unarmed citizen was not charged with a crime and somehow the state police wants to pass that off like that’s okay” said Haley.
“We cannot bring resolution as to why a man as helpless as being asleep would be shot in the face” said Dedrick Moore, Chamber’s attorney.
Last week, Chambers’ lawyers filed a civil lawsuit naming Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, the deputy (John Doe) and the department.
The lawsuit says, “There was no legal cause to justify the use of force against Mr. Chambers, and the force used against Mr. Chambers was unreasonable and excessive.”
“Families should not have to come to us to get answers in civil court. These things should be handled long before there’s a lawsuit” said Haley.
The document goes on to claim, Chambers “suffered and continues to suffer extraordinary damages, including the emotional distress, and trauma, loss of the enjoyment of life, psychological harm, and pain and suffering, some of which may be permanent.”
Since the incident, Chambers has undergone nine re-constructive surgeries with more on the way.
He said, the incident was traumatizing, scaring him for life.
“I hope he’s not able to do this to anyone else. I got lucky and survived. There are so many people who aren’t as lucky” said Chambers.
LSP investigated and cleared the deputy of any wrongdoing. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office says, because of pending litigation, they could not comment on the matter.
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