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MarcWasemNormaneBennett

MarcWasemNormaneBennett

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTEASTERNDISTRICTOFMISSOURIEASTERNDISTRICT
MARYLEEBARNETT,individuallyandasthesurvivingmotherof,andNORMANROBERTBENNETT,individuallyandasthesurvivingfatherof:NORMANEBENNETT,deceasedPlaintiffs,vs.MARCWASEMandTHEST.LOUISMETROPOLITANPOLICEDEPARTMETBOARDOFPOLICECOMMISSIONERS,THEHOORABLEFRANCISSLAYCOL.THOMASIRWINCOL.BETTYEBATTLE-TURNERCOL.RICHARDH.GRAYDefendants.
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PLAINTIFFDEMANDSTRIALBYJURYPRELIMINARYSTATEMENT
1.OnFriday,June
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2010,DetectivesMarcWasem,DS6652,andJosephBusso, DS7942,bothofficersoftheSt.LouisMetropolitanPoliceDepartment, approachedormaneBennettwithgunsdrawnashewasnearthefrontofhismother'sresidence.WasemstruggledwithandchasedBennettandfiredmultipleshotsathim.Wasempausedandfiredadditionalshotsintohimashelayontheground,dyinginfrontofnumerousneighborsandfamilymembers.Bennettwas
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struckbyatleastfivebulletsanddiedfromgunshotwounds.2.WasemfiredatotalofatleastsevenbulletsatBennett.3.ThisisacivilactionseekingmoneydamagesagainstMarcWasem,actingindividually.Also,thiscivilactionseeksmoneydamagesagainstMarcWasemandtheSt.LouisMetropolitanPoliceDepartmentBoardofPoliceCommissionersforcommittingacts,failingtoact,undercoloroflaw,deprivingNormaneBennettof rightssecuredundertheConstitutionandlawsoftheUnitedStates.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
4.ThisCourthasjurisdictionpursuantto28U.S.c.§1343and28U.S.C.§133l. Plaintiffs'claimsforreliefarecognizableunder42U.S.c.§§1983and1988,and underMissouristatelaw.5.ThePlaintiffsrespectfullyinvokethesupplementaljurisdictionoftheCourttohearanddecidetheclaimsarisingunderMissouristatelaw.6.VenueisappropriateinthisCourtpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(b)becausethe Defendantsarelocated,andallincidentsgivingrisetothissuitoccurred,inthis judicialdistrict.
PARTIES
7.ormaneBennettwasacitizenoftheUnitedStates,theStateofMissourianda residentoftheCityofSt.Louis,Missouri.Whenhedied,hewasanadult,hadno knownchildrenandwasnotmarried.8.PlaintiffMaryLeeBarnettisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,theStateofMissouriandaresidentoftheCityofSt.Louis,Missouri.Ms.Barnettresidesat3851Sherman Placeandresidedthereatthetimeoftheincidentsgivingrisetothissuit.MaryLee BarnettisthemotherofNormaneBennett.PlaintiffNormanRobertBennettisa
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citizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentoftheCityofS1.Louis,Missouri.Mr. Bennettresidesat3533S1.HenryLane.ormanRobertBennettisthefatheroformaneBennett.9.MarcWasem,apoliceofficeremployedbySt.LouisMetropolitanPolice Department,wasatalltimesrelevanttothiscauseofactiondulyappointedandactingasanofficeroftheSt.LouisMetropolitanPoliceDepartmentandactingundercoloroflaw,includingtheregulations,policies,customsandusagesoftheS1.Louis MetropolitanPoliceDepartment.
FACTS
10.OnFriday,June25
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2010,ormaneBennettwasonShermanPlace,sittinginfront ofavacanthousethatsitsnextdoortotheresidenceofhismother,PlaintiffMaryLeeBarnett,at3851ShermanPlace.11.AnunmarkedgrayorsilverpolicecarpulledupinfrontofBennett'slocation.TwoS1.LouisMetropolitanPoliceOfficers,identifiedasMarcWasemandJosephBusso, jumpedoutofthecarwithgunsdrawnandheadedtowardBennett.12.Bennettrantothegangwaybetweentwohouses,whereastruggleensued. 13.WasempursuedBennett,caughthimandstruggledwithhim.14.WasemseizedBennettandforcedhimtotheground.15.Bennettdisengagedfromtheofficerrantowardhismother'shouse.WasemproceededtopursueBennettandfirednumerousshotsatBennett.16.Bennettfelltothegroundinthealleyafterbeingshot. 17.WasemthenpausedandfiredadditionalshotsintoBennettwhilehewasontheground.18.BennettwasstruckatleastfivetimesbyroundsfiredbyWasem.Hewasstruckinthe3
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