On March 1, 2012, 26-year-old Brandon Dunbar was shot to death by law enforcement officials following a traffic stop that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Riverside, California. According to The Press-Enterprise, the victim's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, seeking an unspecified amount of damages for her son's death.
The source reports that Dunbar, who was a passenger in the vehicle that police officers had pulled over, ran from the car toward a property near Anna Street and Lincoln Avenue. Law enforcement officials allegedly shot the victim several times "from a position where deadly force was not justified in self-defense or defense of others," states the lawsuit. The police department claimed that Dunbar had been carrying a weapon at the time.
The attorney representing the plaintiff said law enforcement officials allowed the victim to die, indicating that a tourniquet could have been applied to Dunbar's leg to prevent him from bleeding to death.
According to the lawsuit, "All defendants conspired to remove as much physical evidence as possible … by excavating the entire area where [Dunbar] had bled to death, [and by] removing the blood-sodden turf and dirt to an undisclosed location."
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