Gladewater, TX (Longview News-Journal) — The sister of a man fatally shot by Gladewater police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming his death was unjustified and that city’s police department has a pattern of unlawfully killing black men.
Officer David Burrows shot and killed 55-year-old Willie B. Green on Aug. 2, 2011, at the B&C Furniture Store.
Green’s sister, Peggy Hill, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Marshall alleging her brother was not a threat to Burrows, the other officers on scene or anyone else when he was fatally shot.
Officers tried to subdue Green with a stun gun when they answered a disturbance call about an altercation between Green and a man in the alley behind the store in the 200 block of Main Street, according to the lawsuit.
“As Willie Green stood motionless and unable to move, defendant Burrows began repeatedly shooting Willie Green. Defendant Burrows shot Willie Green at least three to four times, ultimately killing him,” the lawsuit states.
Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander said at the time that officers tried to use a stun gun to subdue Green, but it had no effect.
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