The daddy of Pharrell Williams’ late cousin filed a $50 million wrongful dying lawsuit Monday after his son was fatally shot by police in Virginia.
Wayne Lynch claimed his 25-year-old son, Donovan, was a “younger, harmless, black man” who was shot “unlawfully and with out warning” in March by a cop responding to a capturing that didn’t contain him.
The go well with, filed within the Jap District of Virginia, is towards the Metropolis of Virginia Seaside in addition to metropolis cop Solomon Simmons III, who had not beforehand been recognized because the shooter.
The lawsuit stated that the star producer’s cousin was a sufferer of “arbitrary, lethal violence by the police” whereas innocently strolling to his automobile with mates after an evening out.
“Officer Simmons was on his means to answer an incident during which Mr. Lynch was not a suspect and never concerned,” the lawsuit stated of a mass capturing that occurred close by.
“Mr. Lynch posed no risk to Officer Simmons or anybody else,” the lawsuit stated, describing the 6-foot-5, 305-pound former linebacker “a mild big — and a person who couldn’t be mistaken for an additional.”
However “Virginia Seaside Police Officer Solomon D Simmons shot Mr. Lynch twice, killing him on the streets he grew up on,” the lawsuit insisted.
The cop did not determine himself, didn’t activate his physique digicam and shot Lynch earlier than making an attempt to cease him in a “non-violent or non-lethal method,” the lawsuit alleged.
Simmons additionally “did not render life-saving medical aide … after capturing him twice,” in response to the go well with.
The grieving dad is in search of $50 million plus prices on seven counts, together with wrongful dying, extreme drive and gross negligence. His authorized workforce contains Alex Spiro, a high-profile lawyer who has represented the likes of Jay-Z, Robert Kraft and billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Pharrell — a Virginia Seaside native — first shared information of his cousin’s dying in a since-deleted social media put up. He later spoke at Lynch’s memorial service in April and has referred to as for a federal probe.
Metropolis spokeswoman Julie Hill instructed The Virginian-Pilot Monday that the town had not acquired service of the lawsuit and couldn’t remark. “As soon as we obtain and digest it, we’ll reply to it accordingly,” she stated.
Simmons didn’t return the paper’s requires remark.