FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SOUTHFIELD, MI—The Detroit police department and the City are being sued for a high-speed car chase that allegedly resulted in the serious injuries of three children and the deaths of a brother and sister. The plaintiffs include representatives of the wounded and Alisha Jackson, the mother of the deceased children, Michaelangelo Jackson, six, and Makiah Jackson, three.
Two lawsuits were filed—one in Wayne County Circuit Court and the second in Federal court on Friday, February 2, 2018. Representing the plaintiffs is Solomon Radner of 1-800-LAW-FIRM.
The lawsuit asserts that Detroit police officers Richard Billingslea, Steven Fultz and Hakeem Patterson pursued the driver of a red Camaro at a high rate of speed through a densely populated residential neighborhood. Officer Fultz claimed that he witnessed one of the occupants flashing a semiautomatic hand gun. The alleged gun, if it even existed, was never recovered.
The Camaro’s computer confirmed that the vehicle was traveling at over 100 miles per hour in a densely populated neighborhood. The police cruiser was trailing the vehicle by only a short distance when the police cruiser allegedly bumped the Camaro. This bump caused the Camaro’s driver to lose control and strike six-year-old Michaleangeo and his three-year-old sister Makiah, resulting in their deaths.
The pursued Camaro purportedly continued to careen out of control until it struck a parked minivan nearly a block away. On the other side of the minivan were three children who suffered severe injuries when the van was forced into them.
To make matters worse, the police were then untruthful about what happened. “This is not the first time that Billingslea and Patterson have been involved in thuggish and dangerous behavior that resulted in the harm of innocent citizens,” said Radner.
Richard Billingslea was recently criminally charged for an assault caught on camera by two Detroit residents, both of whom are also represented by Radner.
Interview requests and inquiries should be directed to Katie Moore.
Media Contact: Katie Moore
View the complaint here.