LEXINGTON - The family of a Liberty man who was shot to death earlier this year by a police officer has filed a $16 million federal lawsuit claiming negligence and wrongful death against the city of Liberty and the officer, Leon Daniel Cook Jr., according to records in U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, concerns the shooting death of Leon R. Brown, who died of a gunshot wound July 30, allegedly by Cook, who was on duty and responding to a call.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Brown's parents: Dorothy Mae and James C. Brown, of Liberty, co-administrators of their son's estate; Steve Rogers of Marion County, and Deborah Woodall, as next friend of Leslie Mariea Owens of Lincoln County, a minor. Rogers and Owens are children of the victim, according to the document.
The actions by Cook in "using deadly force in an attempt to seize and/or apprehend the decedent were objectively unreasonable and violated the decedent's right to be free of unreasonable seizure," without due process of law, according to the lawsuit.