Tyler Hays, 29, was shot and killed by police in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
In May 2020 Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy pulled his car over. The officer asked him to get out of the car. Hays allegedly assaulted the deputy. The officer shot at him. Hays was injured and died.
The autopsy results revealed that Hays was shot in the back. This proves Hays did not pose a threat to the officer. After an internal investigation, Hamilton County District Attorney ruled “the use of force in this incident was justified” and that “there is no evidence of criminal liability by the deputy.”
The family of Hays was not agree with this decision and in May 2021 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hamilton County and the police department.
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“For all the moments that I can’t close my eyes without seeing a nightmare, I fully intend to repay everyone involved with sleepless nights of their own,” Hays’ mother said.
“Even if Tyler and him were struggling, my question is how did my son end up being shot in the back? He was no longer a threat if he was running away.” said Deborah Lilly, Tyler Hays’ mother.
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.