Mother of man fatally shot by central Illinois police sues

Updated 6/18/2018 12:18 PM

PEORIA, Ill. -- A mother whose son was fatally shot by police in central Illinois is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.

The lawsuit filed in Peoria federal court late Sunday alleges officers shot Edward Russell Jr. at least 17 times as he lifted a garage door at the family's Peoria home with both hands. He was a suspect in a bank robbery.

The filing says officers knew Anita Johnson's 25-year-old son suffered from mental illness. It seeks unspecified damages, naming Peoria and several officers as defendants.

Protesters marched to the police department after the shooting. Family attorney Andrew Stroth says officers "utilized a brazen military-style approach and executed" Russell, who was black.

The city attorney, Don Leist, hadn't seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

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