The family of an officer killed by friendly fire outside a Baltimore nightclub in 2011 is suing the Police Department, the parking service and the club owners. According to PoliceOne.com, officer William Torbit, Jr. was knocked to the ground and being attacked by eight men when he fired his gun eight times in self-defense. He was in plain clothes, so officers did not recognize Torbit before they shot him 34 times outside of the Select Lounge.
The family of officer Torbit claims that law enforcers breached their duty and acted in a “horrendous and outrageous” manner. They also claim the other officers’ statements have gaps and do not fit together.
If you have lost a loved one or suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another party, it’s important to contact an attorney immediately. In this case, the Torbit family waited several years before filing a lawsuit, and that delay could hurt their case.
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A Commission Highlighted the Failures of Baltimore Law Enforcement
Following the incident, an independent commission was formed to investigate the case. In November 2011, the commission reported that officers failed to control the scene, but Torbit’s behavior aggravated the situation that led to his death.
If the Torbit family’s lawsuit is successful, they could be owed damages for both lost wages and pain and suffering. Although this won’t bring back their loved one, a victory might inspire changes that prevent the incident from happening to others.
Torbit’s Death Could Improve Law Enforcement Strategies
The commission that evaluated the incident highlighted 33 recommendations for changes to the department’s training program. These changes could improve how officers investigate shootings and prevent ununiformed officers from being shot by friendly fire.
Select Lounge Shooting Leads to More Than One Lawsuit
During the scuffle, one of Torbit’s eight shots struck and killed Sean Gamble. According to police, Gamble was one of the men attacking Torbit, but Gamble’s family states that he was running from the incident and not an aggressor.
His family is suing Torbit’s family for damages. Both lawsuits were filed this week, just a few days before the three-year anniversary of the incident.
When the negligence of another party causes death or injury, the legal process can be emotionally draining. Families are eager to move forward with the memories of their loved one and leave the sadness of the tragedy behind.
At Duboff & Associates, we take a personal interest in every case and make every effort to simplify the complicated litigation involved in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. There are three reasons why it’s important to hire an attorney to represent your interests:
1. Expert knowledge of personal injury law
2. Experience negotiating for maximum compensation
3. Your interests are fairly represented in court
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