Donnitta Sinclair, the mother of 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson, a black man who was shot and killed in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) last June, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Seattle. According to Sinclair, there were “botched communications” between Seattle Police and Fire, which resulted in Anderson’s death.
In her lawsuit, Sinclair alleges “bad decisions, confusion, miscommunication and poor planning by city officials contributed to” her son’s death, The Seattle Times reported.
Anderson was shot while visiting the CHOP zone last year. CHOP-affiliated volunteers and medics attempted to render aid. According to Sinclair’s lawsuit, a Seattle Fire Department medic and ambulance were a little more than a block away from the scene. A previous report from The Seattle Times indicated that “At the time, demonstrators had largely blocked off law enforcement access to the CHOP area amid demands for racial justice and calls to defund the Seattle Police Department (SPD).”
According to KING-TV, “The lawsuit claims the CHOP