An attorney claims a Louisville Metro Police officer targeted his 14-year-old daughter as she was protesting, throwing her to the ground and injuring her because he has previously sued the department.
“That’s my position and belief, that they were trying to get to me by messing with her,” David Mour wrote in an email to The Courier Journal on Friday evening.
He filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon in Jefferson Circuit Court, naming Officer Brandon Linton as the sole defendant.
During the protest, Linton and “other unknown police officers employed by LMPD attacked the protestors without provocation and without any legitimate purpose,” the lawsuit says, adding the police actions were “calculated to terrorize” the group.
Claims made in a lawsuits represent only one side of a case, and LMPD spokesman John Bradley declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday because it is pending litigation.
Several senators believe the Senate should step in and investigate the recent killings in the Philippines this year as two resolutions were filed seeking such action.
Senate Resolution No. 599 seeks to launch a probe on the “disturbing trend” of unlawful killings perpetrated by unidentified gunmen against activists, doctors, lawyers, and journalists all over the country.
“Their increasing brazenness and daring show how the law enforcement authorities have lost control of the country’s peace and order,” read the resolution filed by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Nancy Binay, Leila De Lima, and Richard Gordon.
The assailants should be put to justice by law enforcement authorities to show that law and order is “still a reality,” they said.
Killings in the legal community
Senator Imee Marcos, meanwhile, sought an investigation into the killings of lawyers and judges in the country.
“In recent months, the entire legal community has been shocked by the successive assaults committed against members of the bar, leading to serious harm, disappearances, and, for some, their untimely death,” she said in filing Senate Resolution No. 593.
She cited the killing of former Batangas congressman and lawyer Edgar Mendoza, whose charred body was found in a burned vehicle in Tiaong, Quezon in January; the ambush of Camarines Sur Judge Jeaneth Gaminde-San Joaquin in October; and the death of Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Ma. Theresa Abadilla, who was shot by her clerk of court inside her own chambers in November.
Marcos also mentioned lawyer Eric Jay Magcamit who was gunned down by two unidentified men while he was on his way to a hearing last month.
In Cebu, lawyer Joey Luis Wee was also killed by motorcycle-riding suspects on November 21. A few weeks later, lawyer Baby Maria Concepcion Landero-Ole was shot in Looc, Danao City.
Aside from the killings, Marcos also wants to look into the disappearances of some members of the legal community.