A Somali family in the United States of America is suing four cities for $20 million (KSh 2.1 billion) in damages.
The family of Isak Aden, a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by police in Eagan, has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming he was the target of unjustified lethal force due to his race.
Aden who had no criminal history lived at Columbia Heights and studied information technology at the University of Minnesota, he also owned a home health care business.
Isak was killed by police officers after a standoff in a parking lot in the city of Eagan on July 2, 2019.
According to Eye witness news, on the evening of the standoff, Isak’s ex-girlfriend called 911 and claimed that he had threatened her with a gun and forced her to drive.
Isak is said to have jumped out of the vehicle and was found in an industrial parking lot, where a SWAT team later surrounded him and asked him to leave the gun on the ground.
According to the reports by Dakota County Attorney’s Office, Isak is said to have reached for a gun, picked it up, and began to raise his right hand with it. The report further said that five police officers then fired at Isak killing him.
The lawsuit was filed in a US federal court on Thursday, July 2 which is the first anniversary of Isak’s death. The cities being sued are Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan and Edina.