WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The family of a 24-year-old man who was shot and killed by Kansas law enforcement near Moundridge filed a federal lawsuit in the case Thursday afternoon.
(Photo of Matt Holmes courtesy Wendy Couser)
Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, a Chicago-based law firm, is representing the family of Matthew Holmes.
A release from the firm states Holmes was "beaten and shot to death last August by a county sheriff’s deputy, and then beaten further while he lay dying."
"Not only did the officers not render Mr. Holmes any aid while he lingered before dying, but they can be heard laughing on videotape while doing nothing to help," continues the release.
It included a YouTube video complete with the dash camera and body camera video from the McPherson and Harvey County sheriff's offices, and the Newton Police Department.
Holmes' mother, father and sister spoke during Thursday's press conference. All three said he would do anything for anyone.
"Matt was loving and kind. He would give you the shirt off his back, and he struggled really, really hard. Newton was not a good place for us," said Holmes' mother, Wenday Couser.
She said now, she's on a mission of justice for her son.
"The ultimate just is that every officer on that hihway will have some kind of discipline in some way. And I won't stop 'til I get that," said Wendy.
Reyes said the reason the case was being filed in federal court was because Holmes' family believes his constitutional rights were violated.
On Tuesday, August 29, a day after the 2017 shooting, Newton police released the following information about the incident.
They say it started inside the Newton city limits where officers were responding to a burglary in progress call.
Police say they entered a chase with Holmes and speeds exceeded 100 mph.
They say non-lethal attempts were taken to stop Holmes, including bean bag rounds, a taser, and even a K-9.
The chase ended in Moundridge with the deadly shooting which police say happened during a struggle between a Newton officer. Police say Holmes kicked a K-9 and attempted to take the officer's gun when he was shot and killed by a McPherson County Sheriff's deputy.
No criminal charges were filed in the case.