What police are reporting as a drug bust gone wrong, can only be described as a tragedy for the family of a 19-year-old man named Zachary Hammond.
New details discovered during the ongoing investigation give rise to a lawsuit by Hammond’s family. They filed the suit to gain access to the police dashcam and other withheld information. Unfortunately, the state solicitor and investigators have refused to provide the detailed information.
The Teen’s Story
According to evidence and statements, Zachary Hammond and Tori Morton were on a first date. They stopped for ice-cream at McDonald’s and decided to get burgers at Hardees. But police were waiting for the couple when they arrived at Hardees.
According to police, Hammond threatened to run over them if they did not get out of his way. Reportedly, he tried to flee a drug deal arranged earlier that day with an undercover officer. As officers pulled up with flashing lights, Hammond tried to flee the scene. Lieutenant Mark Tiller commented; he “felt threatened” by Hammond and thought he was “trying to run him over.”
“‘I’ll blow your [expletive] head off,’ Were the last words heard by Hammond as he gave one last look at his date, Morton. The officers then shot Hammond, first in the back, and later in the head right in front of his date; while he was still seated in his car. After paramedics confirmed his death, Hammond’s body laid in the dirt for over 90 minutes; where it was subject to ant bites and high-fives from officers. The officers in question claim to have found marijuana on Morton and a white powder on Hammond. Thus, Morton was charged with a misdemeanor and Hammond lost his life.
Why This Lawsuit Needs More Investigation
The family is currently petitioning that prosecuting Judge Adams be removed from the case due to her involvement in the local police department and local agencies. Further, Adams refuses to make any statements, declaring that she cannot determine if Tiller is guilty or should be charged until more information is found.
Already both parties have performed autopsies and reviewed information. But the case remains unclear, the state has not released the police’s dashcam footage or ongoing investigation documents. The family lawyer, Eric Bland, did get a chance to look at cam footage and review the preliminary autopsy before the state and federal courts became involved. If you want to know about market legal services please visit how to market legal services?