- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Jackson County jury has awarded more than $680,000 to the son of a woman with mental illness who was shot and killed by police.

Friday’s verdict in the civil case stems from the February 2007 death of 55-year-old Linda Friday, The Kansas City Star reports (https://j.mp/2ajJ8iN ). Police went to Friday’s home after she called 911 to request an ambulance and then hung up.

The lawsuit said two officers encountered Friday’s 25-year-old son who told them that his mother had called 911 but did not need an ambulance.

The lawsuit said Friday was on her bed listening to gospel music when one officer entered her bedroom to question her, while Friday’s son told another officer in the hall that his mother had not been taking her medication.

According to the lawsuit, one of the officers turned off Friday’s music and she became agitated.

She was shot after pulling out a firearm.

The lawsuit contended that responding officers knew about Friday’s mental state from a previous incident and were at fault for not requesting assistance from specially trained crisis intervention officers. Two officers and members of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners were named in the lawsuit.

The jury found one of the officers, who has since left the police department, to be at fault.

Andrew Schendel, the attorney for Friday’s son, said that he hopes that if anything comes out of the situation, it would be more training on how to deal with people who are mentally ill. Schendel said the jury awarded about half of what he had requested on behalf of his client, and he assumed that it was because the jury found only one of the offers to be at fault.

A Jackson County grand jury earlier cleared police of criminal action in Friday’s death. A police spokesman said in an email to The Star that the department will appeal.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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