Lawsuit filed against Miami Gardens Police Department after shooting death

Family of Lavall Hall, 25, demands police release video of shooting


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The family of a 25-year-old mentally ill man who was shot to death by police has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Miami Gardens Police Department.

The suit seeks damages in excess of $15,000, including for medical and funeral expenses, loss of support or services and for mental pain and suffering resulting from Hall's death.

READ: Full complaint

On Feb. 25, Lavall Hall's family interrupted a commission meeting, calling on the police department to release video from last month's shooting.

Mayor Oliver Gilbert agreed that the video should be made public, but cautioned that it was up to the state attorney's office to decide. 

Police said Hall hit one of their officers with a broomstick after his mother called 911 asking for help.

The family wanted to have him hospitalized under the Baker Act.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Eddo Trimino, 33, and Peter Erhlich, 66. They have both been placed on administrative injury leave pending the outcome of an investigation. 

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