This civil rights matter arises out of the wrongful death of Michelle Lee Shirley, an African-American female, who was gunned down by the Torrance Police Department on October 31, 2016. Plaintiff alleges that the decedent had been involved in an accident and was disoriented. When her vehicle came to a stop, Torrance police unlawfully and recklessly opened fired on her vehicle killing her. Plaintiff contends that firing at a stopped or moving vehicle is against the policies of many police departments, whose deputies are instructed to never fire at vehicles unless a person is armed and threatening them. Michelle, a mother of one, was a graduate of University of California at San Diego and the School of Law at Loyola Marymount. The lawsuit has been filed by her minor son.
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