15 Oct 2015

Family sues Eaton County, Michigan over son's traffic-stop death - 17-year-old Deven Guilford was fatally shot 7 times after being pulled over for flashing his brights at the officer because he thought the offficer's brights were on

The family of a 17-year-old Mulliken teen shot who was shot and killed by an Eaton County Sheriff's sergeant following a February traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the county and the police officer.
Deven Guilford's parents, Brian and Becky Guilford, said in a statement that their trust in law enforcement was "shaken to the core" by the shooting.
"As we take this action today we are outraged at the huge miscarriage of justice done to our son Deven Guilford," they said.
The lawsuit comes four months after Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd cleared Sgt. Jonathan Frost of criminal wrongdoing. Frost shot Deven Guilford, who was unarmed, seven times during the traffic stop
The lawsuit against Frost and Eaton County alleges that Frost's "entire course of action was illegal and in violation of Deven's constitutional rights."
"Deven's tragic and totally unnecessary death represents a disturbing trend of demanding 100% compliance with police authority, coupled with zero tolerance of risk of harm to police officers," said Cynthia Heenan of Constitutional Litigation Associates P.C., a Detroit law firm specializing in police misconduct litigation and representing the family, in a statement.
The lawsuit asks for a jury trial but does not seek specific monetary damages.
Theresa O'Dell, executive assistant to Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich, said county officials have been advised not to comment by their legal counsel. Eaton County Controller John Fuentes also declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Frost, an eight-year veteran, initiated the traffic stop around 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on M-43 in Roxand Township after Guilford flashed his bright lights at Frost because he thought Frost's brights were on.
According to his family, Guilford was driving home from a basketball game at Liberty Church in Grand Ledge and was on his way to his girlfriend's home to watch movies.


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