Hannah Fizer, 25, was shot and killed by a deputy in Sedalia, Missouri.
In June 2020 a deputy pulled her car over. According to him Fizer did not roll her window down as he walked up to her vehicle. He also said she refused to identify herself. However a body cam video shows that her window was rolled down and she is heard clearly saying her name.
According to reports, Fizer told the deputy she had a gun and would shoot him, though no gun was found in her vehicle. The deputy fatally shot her. She died at the scene.
In February 2021 Fizer’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the deputy. The lawsuit alleges the deputy threatened to smash Hannah Fizer’s window with his baton and attempted to grab her through the driver’s side window and pull her from her vehicle.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“There is no objectively reasonable basis on which to conclude it was acceptable, lawful, and not excessive for Schutte to purposefully position himself toward the front of Hannah Fizer’s vehicle and discharge his firearm at her only minutes into a traffic stop without ever attempting to move to a place of greater safety or follow de-escalation techniques,” the lawsuit states.
“Schutte had the ability and responsibility to prevent the use of deadly force against Ms. Fizer but failed to do so,” the lawsuit reads. “His actions contributed to Ms. Fizer’s avoidable death.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.