The grief-stricken family of Secoriea Turner, an 8-year-old girl who passed away from spray gunfire during Black Lives Matter protests in Atlanta, has filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor, and other officials involved.
What are the details?
In the complaint filed on Monday, Turner’s parents alleged that the city leaders failed their duty to protect their daughter during the riots that took place in the city in the aftermath of Rayshard Brooks' death.
The complaint gave details on several failures, “including that they were negligent in their duties by failing to remove those who had gathered alongside peaceful protesters at the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed,” as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We are forced to live through this day by day. We deserve justice. Someone needs to be held accountable,” Secoriea's mother, Charmaine Turner, said during a press conference.
“There is no dispute that this little girl was innocent, that this family was innocent, did nothing wrong. On their way home, and they lost their little one,” attorney Shean D. Williams of the Cochran Firm, who is representing the family, stated, according to The Blaze.
Secoriea, who was a third-grader, tragically lost her life on July 4 last year after she and her mother encountered a group of armed rioters. They had blocked a street near the place where Brooks was killed.
When the vehicle tried to go around the blockade the rioters opened fire.
“They say black lives matter. You killed your own this time. ... You killed a child. She didn't do nothing to nobody,” the girl's father, Secoriya Williamson, said at a news conference.
“She was only 8 years old. She would have been on TikTok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn't have anything to do with that. We're innocent. My baby didn't mean no harm,” the little girl’s mother said, breaking down in tears.
The complaint requests that the family receive financial compensation left “to be determined” and a jury trial “on all triable claims”, as the Atlanta news outlet reports.