Pharrell's Family Sues Virginia Beach For $50M In Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Pharrell's cousin Donovon Lynch was shot and killed by a police officer on March 26.
Virginia Beach, VA – Pharrell’s cousin Donovon Lynch was shot and killed by a police officer at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on March 26. According to WAVY-TV, his family is now suing the city of Virginia Beach for the death of the 25-year-old man.
Filed on Monday (June 21) in Norfolk’s U.S. District Court, a wrongful death lawsuit lists Lynch’s father Wayne Lynch as the plaintiff, who is demanding $50 million in damages and requesting a jury trial. The lawsuit says the city failed to properly train officers on the use of deadly force and other techniques.
Not only that, but he’s also seeking $350,000 against the officer who fired the fatal shots. Even though the Virginia Beach Police Department hasn’t confirmed the name of the officer, he’s named in the lawsuit as Solomon Simmons.
Lynch family seeks $50m from city “failing to properly train, instruct, and/or supervise its police officers, including Officer Simmons, as to the proper circumstances under which to draw a firearm and/or use deadly force.”@WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/L71UjAFvz7
— Andy Fox (@AndyFoxWAVY) June 21, 2021
The lawsuit claims Simmons used excessive force and acted with gross negligence when he shot and killed Lynch, while failing to properly identify himself, give any warning before firing shots or provide medical aid afterwards.
Simmons “immediately, unlawfully and without warning” fired his gun twice at Lynch, alleges the lawsuit, emphasizing he wasn’t a threat and was simply walking to his car to leave the area as police investigated gunshots at around 11:20 p.m.
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For “unknown reasons,” the officer didn’t have a body camera on at the time. Attorneys say Simmons also knew Lynch beforehand, with the lawsuit pointing out he was “unmistakable as anyone else” due