A St. Louis police SWAT team shot and killed a Black man in 2017 during a “no-knock” raid at his home based on false information, according to a lawsuit filed by his family last week.
Don Clark Sr., a 63-year-old Army veteran, was asleep when officers broke down his door in February 2017 and entered his home without identifying themselves as law enforcement, the lawsuit says. Officers then detonated a device that emitted a loud sound and flash to disorient Clark. He was shot at least nine times, according to the lawsuit.
Clark was unarmed, the lawsuit claims. Officers didn’t give Clark — who walked with a cane and had poor eyesight and hearing — medical aid and only called for emergency medical services after “crucial minutes had passed,” lawyers wrote.
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