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Mother Suing Gov't for Fort Bliss Shooting Incident


POSTED: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 3:00pm

LOUISVILLE, Kent. - The mother of a Chapin High senior killed at the hand of a Fort Bliss soldier filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday.

You'll remember, Spc. Gerald Polanco shot Ezra Gerald Smith, 18, as he was walking to school April 25, 2009.

The shooting happened inside a Fort Bliss housing community before school began that day.

Smith's mother, Renee Richardson of Louisville, KY, is suing the government for $8.75 million, accusing the government of negligence and causing pain and suffering.

"The mental health care providers knew or should have known of Spc. Polanco's severe and debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...," read the complaint filed in the Western District of Kentucky Louisville Division U.S. District Court.

The suit also claims that the Army knew of the disorder because Polanco's own family had requested help from doctors there, and his fellow unit members forced him to seek medical care just days before the shooting.

Polanco's PTSD was never diagnosed or treated, according to the complaint.

To see the full lawsuit for yourself, click on the link below.

Richardson Renee Complaint.pdf49.26 KB

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there we go. An other parent trying to get rich because once again, the poor government was not paying attention to someone sickness. How come it took so long for this to happen?? Or some greedy defense attorney is trying to make easy money. This is making me sick. If you really love your dead son, money cannot help you lady.

First off..R.I.P Gerald. I truely miss you cousin!!!! And to the lady above me (odilecharlotte22)that posted her comment (money can not bring your son back) of course we all know that!!! It's not about the money, we would give anything to bring him back but you do not know half of the things we went through as a family to have him taken from us for no reason. I would be more understanding if he was a trouble maker,or a bad child in general but he was far from that. He was on his way to college!

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