The Journal Information/lohud’s Jonathan Bandler recreates the step-by-step Mount Vernon police chase that ended with police capturing within the Bronx in February.
A lady shot by Mount Vernon police final yr after they chased a automotive she was in to the Bronx has filed a federal lawsuit towards Mount Vernon, New York Metropolis, the driving force of the automotive and greater than a dozen cops.
Shakira Dawson, who was shot within the shoulder and nonetheless has the bullet lodged in her chest, is looking for unspecified damages for assault and false arrest. The lawsuit alleges that her civil rights have been violated due to the cities’ failure to correctly practice and supervise their officers.
REPORTS: Police reports detail chase, shooting
Dawson’s lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, said her “life was changed forever” by the shooting.
“The conduct of the police officers involved was not only excessive but also outrageous,” Cannick said in a statement. “We bring this lawsuit on her behalf to hold all of them accountable.”
Messages left with the New York City law department, a Mount Vernon spokeswoman and a lawyer representing Mount Vernon in the case were not immediately returned.
On the morning of Feb. 7, 2017, Dawson was a passenger in a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Robert Johnson, the father of her children, even though she had an order of protection prohibiting him from having any contact with her.
They were at the curb on South Fulton Avenue when Mount Vernon police Lt. Joseph Hunce tried to get Johnson to turn off the car and get out because of a heavily tinted window and a missing license plate.
Instead, Johnson drove off, prompting Hunce and several other Mount Vernon officers to pursue him through the city and into the Bronx. The chase ended when police boxed in Johnson on Bronx Boulevard just north of 233rd Street. Johnson then struck cars, drove onto the sidewalk, crossed the street and down the opposite sidewalk before crashing into a gas station.
During that final sequence, four Mount Vernon cops – Detectives Anthony Burnett and Brent Gamble and Officers Kareem Lloyd and Billy Exarhakos – fired their weapons.
According to police reports, Burnett shot out the back window of the Malibu moments before Dawson emerged from the car yelling that she was hit. Gamble fired at the Malibu through the windshield of his police car. At least one car was hit by bullets and a large window at a medical practice was shot out. Months after the shooting, more than a…