Attorney Dan Gilleon, who is representing Lucy Olango, said in the claim that Officer Richard Gonsalves had ignored his training when he “aggressively confronted” Olango — despite being told by dispatchers that the man may be mentally ill.
The claim also asserts Gonsalves should have used less-than-lethal force or de-escalated the situation until a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team arrived. The team of mental health professionals is specially trained to assist officers dealing with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
“The lawsuit is demanding that officers follow the rules so the rest of us can have faith that we can call 911 and a loved one won’t get shot and killed,” Gilleon said Thursday.
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