USA Student Gil Collar's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Gil Collar's family.
Collar was the former Wetumpka High School wrestler and University of South Alabama student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer in October after police say Collar threatned the officer.
Jere Beasley is one of the lawyers representing the Collar family.
Beasley says his firm is suing Trevis Austin who is the campus officer who shot Collar, the university and campus police Chief Zeke Aull, because Beasley says the officer violated the university's policy by using force without cause.
"We have probably had the most extensive investigation that the firm has ever been involved in," says Beasley.
Beasley says he wanted to be certain that filing suit was the right thing to do.
In October, Collar was shot and killed by Austin.
Authorities say Collar, who was naked and on LSD, threatened Austin. But Beasley says after seeing the surveillance video, Collar was unarmed and never touched Austin.
CBS 8 News did get in contact with the university. A spokesperson says "it is inappropriate to comment on the law suit since the district attorney's investigation is not complete."
The toxicology report is expected to be released in the next month.
Beasley says the Collar family is seeking injunctive relief meaning they want university police officers be better trained and equipped to handle emergency situations.
If they do receive any money from this, it will go towards a scholarship fund in Collar's name.
Lawyers say the Collar family does not want the officer to be criminally prosecuted.
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