Stanley Howard was 64 years-old when he was shot by Phoenix police on July 8th. Howard suffered from schizophrenia and depression. Howard was suffering from a mental health crisis and called police multiple times. When police arrived, they show Howard 10 times because he was holding a red, plastic water gun.
The family filed a lawsuit against the city, Phoenix, alleging the officers used excessive force against a man who was armed with only a water gun. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges the officers involved violated Howard’s rights under the 4th and 14th amendments in their use of excessive force. It also claimed the officers failed to connect Howard with mental health counselors and instead exacerbated the situation by continuing to engage him. More on this story here.