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The family of Cary Ball Jr., who was shot 25 times by police on April 24, filed a wrongful death lawsuit at 1 p.m. today against the St. Louis City Police Department, the individual officers and the Board of Police Commissioners.

In the four-count lawsuit, the family alleges that officers initiated a high-speed car pursuit that was in violation of the department’s “no chase” policy. Witnesses report Ball raising his hands in surrender before officers shot and killed him, according to the lawsuit.

Ball’s family has retained the services of Attorneys Freeman Bosley Jr. and Daniel Brown to represent them in their claims for wrongful death.

“Excessive force on any level is unacceptable,” Bosley said. “This chase should never have started in the first place, and Mr. Ball should certainly not be dead today. This has to stop.”

Ball’s mother, Toni Taylor, spoke at the press conference on the Circuit Courthouse steps.

“I want justice for my son, and I feel it would be served better in the court of law,” Taylor said. “I don’t understand how anyone can get shot 25 times. No one needs to shoot a human being or an animal that many times.”

Taylor said she didn’t understand why the two police officers who shot her son were released back to work.

“They say it’s an ongoing investigation, but they are back at work,” she said. “Someone has already made a conclusion it seems to me.”

On April 24, 2013, Ball was driving home from his catering job at a downtown banquet hall, when a police car turned on its lights behind him at Washington Avenue and 18th Street. Rather than pull over, Ball led St. Louis police on a high-speed chase through the downtown area. He crashed his car on the 1000 block of North 9th Street, grabbed his automatic handgun and started running east on Carr Street. He was shot and killed on Carr Street between 8th and 9th streets.

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the department has not released a police report on the incident because Ball’s case is under investigation and it could take months before it is completed.

The family of Cary Ball Jr., who was shot 25 times by police on April 24, filed a wrongful death lawsuit at 1 p.m. today against the St. Louis City Police Department, the individual officers and the Board of Police Commissioners. 

In the four-count lawsuit, the family alleges that officers initiated a high-speed car pursuit that was in violation of the department’s “no chase” policy. Witnesses report Ball raising his hands in surrender before officers shot and killed him, according to the lawsuit. 

Ball’s family has retained the services of Attorneys Freeman Bosley Jr. and Daniel Brown to represent them in their claims for wrongful death. 

“Excessive force on any level is unacceptable,” Bosley said. “This chase should never have started in the first place, and Mr. Ball should certainly not be dead today. This has to stop.” 

Ball’s mother, Toni Taylor, spoke at the press conference on the Circuit Courthouse steps. 

“I want justice for my son, and I feel it would be served better in the court of law,” Taylor said. “I don’t understand how anyone can get shot 25 times. No one needs to shoot a human being or an animal that many times.” 

Taylor said she didn’t understand why the two police officers who shot her son were released back to work. 

“They say it’s an ongoing investigation, but they are back at work,” she said. “Someone has already made a conclusion it seems to me.” 

On April 24, 2013, Ball was driving home from his catering job at a downtown banquet hall, when a police car turned on its lights behind him at Washington Avenue and 18th Street. Rather than pull over, Ball led St. Louis police on a high-speed chase through the downtown area. He crashed his car on the 1000 block of North 9th Street, grabbed his automatic handgun and started running east on Carr Street. He was shot and killed on Carr Street between 8th and 9th streets. 

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the department has not released a police report on the incident because Ball’s case is under investigation and it could take months before it is completed. 

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