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.pdf||49.26 KB|