The family of Christopher Harris, age 29, who suffered a serious brain injury when he we knocked down and hit his head after being chased by two Metro Transit police officers, have filed a $25 million tort claim against the King County Sheriff’s Office. The claim asks for compensation for Harris’ medical expenses which include round-the-clock nursing and for emotional distress suffered by his wife, Sarah Jorgenson.
Harris was in Belltown when he was mistakenly identified to the police officers as being someone who was involved in a convenience store robbery. Harris ran from the police officers and they chased him. The family’s claim alleges that the officer Deputy Matt Paul used excessive force when he tackled Harris, causing him to fall headfirst and hit his head on a concrete wall.
Harris sustained a permanent and devastating brain injury and is in a coma-like state requiring 24 hour care for the rest of his life.
The King County Prosecutor’s office investigated the incident and did not press any criminal charges after their determination that the deputy did not use excessive force. Police say they ordered Harris to stop several times. A video of the tackle shows that Harris appeared to have slowed down when he was tackled.
A tort claim is one in which a person who suffers damages asks for compensation of those injuries. King County has up to 60 days to answer the claim. If they deny it, Harris’ family could then file a lawsuit.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm that represents people with serious personal injuries due to the negligent or wrongful act of another, including people with traumatic brain injury.