Henry Green's family files wrongful death suit against City of Columbus

The family of 23-year-old Henry Green is suing the City of Columbus for wrongful death, after Green was shot and killed by Columbus police officers last year. (WSYX/WTTE)

The family of Henry Green is filing a wrongful death lawsuit in United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday against the City of Columbus.

Green, 23, was shot to death by police on June 6, 2016 in the Linden neighborhood.

A Franklin County grand jury determined last month that two Columbus police officers Zach Rosen and Jason Bare should not be criminally charged. But lawyers for the family said the lawsuit alleges that officials "engaged in policies, practices, and customs that have been the subject of civil rights investigation, and previous lawsuits."

The lawsuit includes the Columbus Division of Police, Chief Kim Jacobs, and the officers as defendants. It alleges wrongful death, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, racial discrimination, assault and battery and constitutional violations.

According to the Franklin County Prosecutor the officers were in plain clothes in a leased undercover car participating in the CPD Summer Safety Initiative in the Linden area. The officers states they observed Green walking down the street with a firearm and at one point the gun was leveled at their vehicle. It was determined by detectives that Green fired six shots, Bare fired seven times and Rosen fired 15 shots. That determination can be made because different caliber weapons were used.

According to the prosecutor, Green's DNA was found on the 9 mm gun at the scene.

The lawsuit alleges that the City of Columbus maintained and enforced training that authorized officers "to act recklessly and aggressively with regard to the use of force on citizens."

Green family lawyer Sean Walton said, "he is a victim and we continue to fight to tell his story, a story that is unfortunately common to countless others."

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