Family of Kershawn Geyger Seeks $100 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In Summary

In January 2021, the 25-year-old Black man was shot and killed during a traffic stop by detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Unit.

The family of Kershawn Geyger, the 25-year-old Black man killed by detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in January 2021, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, according to ABC10

Attorneys for the family said they are asserting a lot of civil rights violations and seek $100 million in damages in a trial. 

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On Jan. 15, 2021, Geyger was shot and killed by detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Unit during a traffic stop outside of Crestview North Apartments in Carmichael, according to ABC10. 

JW Geiger, his brother, witnessed the incident that took place as he was in the passenger seat at the time of the encounter. According to his family, Geyger was a carpenter and electrician who had two kids. 

Yaphette and Jethro Geiger, his parents, are demanding the sheriff’s office give them answers into what happened

“The aftermath of Geyger’s death, the clear lack of transparency and accountability by officials shows that the Sheriff’s Department and county pay little regard to the life and death concerns or expectations of justice from the community,” the suit says according to ABC10. “Instead, the County and Sheriff’s [Office] has displayed a clear carelessness and lack of remorse for the violent misconduct of deputies.” 

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Walter Mosley, the attorney for Geyger’s family, said, “Nearly one year since the violent death of Kershawn Geyger, the deputies continue to work uninterrupted for and with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s [Office] while the friends, family and community of Geyger still grieve his loss and the brutal proof in question of his killing; a change must come.” 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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