Family Files $7M Lawsuit Against Police After Suspect Commits Suicide

Taccara Brooks has accused police of using excessive force during the 2017 encounter with her son, Anthony Garrett.

Las Vegas, NV – The family of a 16-year-old burglary suspect who shot himself in the head during a standoff with Las Vegas police has filed a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit against the department.

The incident occurred on July 12, 2017, after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) receive a report that three teenagers had broken into a residence on Droubay Drive, KTNV reported.

Officers arrested an 11-year-old boy at the scene, then began chasing after another suspect, later identified as 16-year-old Anthony Garrett.

Garrett managed to run inside his own home, then went inside the bathroom.

Pursuing officers spotted him carrying a gun, and ordered him to drop it.

Instead, the teen ran into a bedroom and slammed the door.

A moment later, police heard him fire the weapon.

The gunshot prompted police to treat the incident as a standoff, and they immediately backed off and cleared Garrett’s family out of the house, LVMPD Officer Jay Rivera told the Las Vegas Sun at the time.

SWAT officers were dispatched to the scene, and police made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the barricaded suspect.

Approximately four hours later, officers forced entry into the locked room, and found Garrett with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“Clearly it’s not the desired outcome that we had,” Officer Rivera said after the standoff. “We would have hoped that the negotiators would have been able to establish contact with him, would have been able to reason with him, and he would have come to his senses and come out peacefully.”

“That would have been the ideal outcome,” he added. “Unfortunately, that’s not what we had here tonight.”

Garrett was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he died two days later.

On July 14, 2017, the coroner ruled that Garrett’s death was a suicide, KTNV reported.

But Garrett’s mother, Taccara Brooks, has filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the LVMPD, alleging that they subjected her son to excessive force.

“I want answers,” Brooks told KTNV. “I want to know what happened to my son.”

The lawsuit accused the officers of withholding medical attention from the barricaded suspect, and claimed that the officers allowed a K9 to bite Garret and drag him out of the room without justification.

“He was handcuffed, while he was incapacitated, laying there bleeding,” Brooks’ attorney, E. Brent Bryson said, according to KVVU.

The lawsuit also accused the LVMPD of being negligent in its training, hiring, and supervision of employees, and claimed the agency has tolerated instances of excessive force, KTNV reported.

"We don't understand why he was in the house for seven hours if he had a wound," Garrett’s aunt said.

The lawsuit further argued that the LVMPD should have retrained officers after the standoff, so that police would learn how to “avoid an unreasonable risk of harm” to people in the future.

“Many questions need to be resolved regarding the facts and circumstances during this incident," Bryson added.

Brooks claimed that police treated her and her family like “animals" throughout the ordeal, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

She also blasted them for not allowing her to ride in the ambulance with her son.

When they reached the hospital, police “had surrounded it like soldiers” and wouldn’t let her inside for about an hour, Brooks claimed.

Once she was allowed to see her son, she said she couldn’t bring herself to do it, so the police kicked her out, she alleged.

Brooks said that the incident changed her perception of law enforcement.

“Only if that bulled grazed him wasn’t no hatred in my heart till that happened,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Thats what changed me I love u son….f--k the police.”

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Sjjohn
Sjjohn

This lawsuit shouldn't even see a courtroom or even be considered. Obviously the parents had no control over their son and had no idea what he was up to. The juvenile was committing a crime with a handgun. He was obviously not raised to know the difference between right and wrong. And now the parents or parent wants to blame what happened to her son on everyone but herself

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

If the courts allow this Stupidity to go to trial,,,whomever did so needs to be disbarred and NEVER practice law Again.

JesC
JesC

This nonsense has to stop!! This mother is blaming everyone but the one person who is truly responsible- her SON! The simple answer is- if your son wasn't breaking into someone's house this situation would have been totally avoided! Parents need to stop blaming the Police for their children's bad behavior! Now she's looking for a huge payday, that's disgusting! Like $7million dollars is going to ease her pain. Its hard to take these people seriously because its such a clear cut case where Police followed protocol and her son pulled the trigger on himself. Teach your kids better and stop blaming the Police when your loved one gets hurt while being arrested for BREAKING the LAW!!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

YOU BITCH! You raised a fucking piece of shit and he did the world a favor by blowing his brains out. The cops should SUE YOU for bringing that fucking shit into this world to begin with.

Bscope2
Bscope2

The police should sue the mother and her family for the time and man power they used to get her low life piece of crap of a son ! This mother needs to look in a mirror and ask herself why didn’t I control my son teach him respect and take responsibility for his actions.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Sorry, where exactly is the excessive force from the police here? When they tried to arrest him after he burglarized a house with a gun? When they made every effort to try and negotiate with him after he barricaded himself, instead of blowing the fucking door off the hinges? When they removed the family to safety? When they accompanied him to the hospital and stood guard over him? Where’s the brutality?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

What frigging basis does she have for a lawsuit when her (apparently) mentally deranged, armed, Thug wanna be son committed a crime and decided blowing his brains out would've been better than the "slap on the wrist" he probably would've received since he was a minor and committed an armed burglary where there were no human victims -- except their property? CHA-CHING! HOPING to hit the cop lottery!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Mother: I want to know what happened to my son, we need answers.

Karma: Well the answer is you did a shitty job of raising your son, he was a thug who couldnt handle the thought of the consequences of his actions so he killed himself......

General Public: We want answers to what the Hell was your 16 your old kid doing with a gun????

Tex. Native
Tex. Native

I get tired of hearing oh my poor baby didn’t do noffing! Had he been raise with a father in the home maybe he would have been taught not to be a thug! The mother is a poor excuse for a parent! It’s always the polices fault to them! They always use a killing of a thug to get wealthy !!! I hope the courts will see thru this scam and throw the suit out!

K-9 319
K-9 319

Here we go again, it's money time. Lets sue the heck out of the Police and have a pay day. Maybe she should have taught her son not to break into homes and carry a weapon.

365
365

This is a result of all the past lawsuits that were settled by cowardly agencies, cities, counties, and states when they should have been defended in court. Far too much was paid out to criminals that did not deserve it just to avoid a legal fight in court when the officers did everything correctly. Rather than fight for what's right attorneys and their cowardly clients created an atmosphere of "if you yell we'll pay". The only way to correct it is take every case where the officers are right to court. No more negotiated settlements unless the officers actually screwed up.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Don't all you racists realize the blessing this parasitic race is by enhancing our crime statistics and costs through the roof by the wonders of diversity or what ever the hell the dirt bag libtards are trying to convince the world of. . . .

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“I want answers,” Brooks told KTNV. “I want to know what happened to my son.”

Well tacky Taccara Brooks...it seems like you should have been asking difficult questions from your own son >>long<< before this happened . Questions about guns, about burglary, stealing ,running from the Police, following Police directives.....and now YOU want to blame the Police?? Its lucky some are not suing your ignorant ass for being a POS parent who only now decides to play Monday Morning Quarterback. You have no one to blame but your son and yourself.Sorry Mama you needed to coach your "player" much sooner. Game over.

JBo
JBo

“I want to know what happened to my son.”

a.) You should have taught your 16 year old not to play with an 11 year old. b.) You should have taught your son not to commit burglaries. c.) You should have taught your son not to carry a gun during the commission of a felony. d.) You should have taught your son not run from the police. e.) You should have taught your son to comply.

In other words, you should have taught him to be somebody that mattered.

SherrieL
SherrieL

The other concern I have not heard anyone mention is if the 11 year old the police caught is okay? Hopefully he will learn a valuable, very hard, but valuable lesson from this and his parents also. The family wanting 7 million these funds should go to the many victims that these kids effect daily.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I'd like to know how this is any ways, the cops fault! Maybe the parents should be given a bill for the 4 hrs they wasted on this clearly mentally unhinged kid!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

“I want answers,” Brooks told KTNV. “I want to know what happened to my son.”

What happened was he was raised by a worthless pos and never had a chance because of the example his “ mother” set for him.

CAOmbudsman
CAOmbudsman

Your looking at this wrong. Crime is the new black entitlement. The racist police got between the kid and his crime. Never get between someone and their entitlement. The kid got scared, found a gun and ran home into his bedroom to get away from the racist police. He did not commit suicide. He was so scared and his hands were shaking because he thought he saw confederate battle flags outside his window, he accidentally shot himself in the head. Clear cut case of police brutality. Award the ghetto lottery.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Oh well here we fucking go. Another black family blaming everyone else but their family member. As if the police made him commit crimes. Give me a fucking break already. Why don’t the family take ownership for their family members stupidity.

tkshields
tkshields

whos gun was it ?

RPG156
RPG156

If the police are involved, its their fault. If the police are involved, its never the criminal's fault. If the police are involved, its a pay day.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Family should be sued to pay for police attorneys for this frivolous suit.

bob95648
bob95648

Charge the mom for having a loaded gun where a minor could get to it. They would if it was a White kid who shot himself.

NFPD103
NFPD103

it's becoming clear what the end game is here with the attornies, besides the money, they are seeking, it's to make fundamental changes to Police policy, training practices, and procedures when dealing with any criminals, be it on foot, cars, train or plane since they can't get certain laws that guide police use of force overturned. I hope P.D. fights the lawsuit to the end and get a verdict in their favor. If the cave in part of that deal will include liberal agenda policy changes for them and in turn, those changes will be the new normal it's happening in California and NY already.

policeofficermom
policeofficermom

And what responsibility does mom place on the kid and herself? Zero! Blame the police for all your problems! Penitentiaries and jails are full of the same mentality!!!

Cwret
Cwret

The mother (Brooks) states this has changed her perception of law enforcement. Have to wonder what her perception of LE was before her criminal son killed himself. Doubt she had any respect for LE even before this occurred. They need to counter sue her for tax payer expenses to defend this stupid attempt to get rich off her dead son.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

"...burglary suspect who shot himself in the head during a standoff with Las Vegas police..." Enough said. Throw that money grabbers case out.

“I want answers,” Brooks told KTNV. “I want to know what happened to my son.” Well, ya did a sh!t job of raising the children. That's what happened. And, another being an 11-year old... be proud.

The city should be suing your sorry a$$.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?!?!? The police should sue you and your sorry family for $7 million for raising a piece of shit son!! The blame is ENTIRELY on you and your son bitch!!! I notice that you have different last names, that alone says a lot!! And how about you take all that fake hair off your heads!!! You fucking look like clowns!! Don't you know that's cultural appropriation you stupid ass biatchs!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Here we go again...when in doubt, blame the po-lice. He took his own life! The police didn't kill him. Playin the ghetto lottery. Hopefully this sorry excuse for a mother looses.

UhO5O
UhO5O

I have posted this before but as I said then I guess it's just a sore subject. Not every kid that stays in trouble or is a POS is the product of bad parenting. Maybe it is the case here. I don't know because I don't know these people. I don't like her stance on police at all. Her lawsuit is wrong. Which I get these things would lead one to believe she is a bad parent. My husband and I were great parents. We have four children. The first two being twin boys. Sharing a birthday and DNA are all the two have in common. Praise the Lord! If both of them were like the second born... I would have...But anyway, it was totally humiliating to have to stand in Court with him in front of a Judge I testified in front of on a regular basis. I can still hear people who didn't know us talking about what crappy parents we HAD to be. Especially the time he was charged with statutory rape. They didn't know I was the officer that issued the juvenile complaint and took him in or his Dad and I both were officers. Or the other three kids breathed a sigh of relief when he was old enough for us to put out with no responsibility for his actions! His twin and his sister and brother have all grown up to be awesome people we are proud of. I'm not trying to bust chops or whatever. I'm simply saying think about what you are saying in it's totality. I know all of you know someone who had a bad kid but the parents were not bad. If you got this far thank you for at least taking time to read my post.

Donnabeau
Donnabeau

Only looking for easy money. No one gave the child a weapon. Sid she not know he had one. If he would have turned himself in and stop when commanded to do so he would be alive today. Just her and a money grubbing attorney picking this cheesy lawsuit up.

louisecompanion
louisecompanion

I appreciate your insight. Some parents go above and beyond.

JohDia
JohDia

And we don’t understand why the piece of shit had a gun! I’m going to file a lawsuit against his mother for being an unfit mother/shitty parent and not teaching her piece of shit kid right from wrong!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Bull Shit just looking for a Pay Day !! Where the hell was his Mother when he broke into the house ?? when he got a Gun ?? He took his own life -- Great Job Raising him Mom -- you should be so proud NOT now your looking for a pay out -- what a POS !!

HFD120
HFD120

Ride in the ambulance and do what? Having been a Paramedic the last thing you need is a parent in the unit when you are trying to save a critically injured patient.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Ghetto Lottery gun was in his own house,whose gun is it? Stolen? Moms gun? Moms baby daddys gun?

Colombiano
Colombiano

“Clearly it’s not the desired outcome that we had”...average people die when they are about 80 years old. 80 - 16 = 64, 64 × 40000 (inmates cost about 40 thousand a year) = 2,560,000 dollars taxpayers are going to save!!! That was a good outcome, trust me!!!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Another parent suing the police, proving they enabled their kids behavior and should take some blame for her sons actions.

LPD133
LPD133

Turning her dead criminal son into a paycheck....shameless.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe LVPD should sue the parents for all the time it took officers to finalize this situation. Obviously, they did a crappy job raising of their little darling and put his family in jeopardy also. I wonder how much $$ it cost the city for all the officers to be there that long......... Raise your kids with no respect, acting like thugs and win the lottery and per the story, as young as 11. sick

Browndog
Browndog

“I want answers,” Brooks told KTNV. “I want to know what happened to my son.”

Answers; your son, through his own ignorance and your lack of taking an interest in who he was hanging out with, decided to become a thug and break into houses and use a gun.

Answer; if any law enforcement agency hears a shot come from within a house, building, etc., none of the departments staff on hand full time mediums to let them know if that suspect just put one in their brain pan or not.

Answer: as it's not known the status of your thugs, I mean, sons condition, he may still be in the fight so protocol demands you send in the K-9 officer and handcuff the suspect.

Answer: after what's been going on and what you're allowing in your own home, why wouldn't the police treat all of you a little suspect?

I mean, didn't you find it odd when your own kid came bursting into the house, had a gun in his hands and law enforcement hot on his heals, or does this sort of thing happen every day?

Answer; between your take on events, and then those of your lawyers, I'll be surprised if one or not both of you win an Emmy for your acting.

Or in this case, your over acting. Don't be making a list on where to spend that money just yet.

I'm getting a feeling here that the tide of paying out big money claims to black families because of their own family members crimes, is about to come to an end.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Hahahahahaha....hahaha..... good luck, biotch!!

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

All5xx
All5xx

Classic example of the Dumbing Down of America. This would have never happened if the USA had given reparations to the families of slaves.

Saints
Saints

Am almost 99.9% sure people there where acting loud/threatening/demanding... maybe the mother should be answering this question, where did her son get that gun from??????.......

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Think about the common themes you continue to keep reading about within this dysfunctional and paranoid community as these stories continue to be printed.------I have seen 6 repetitious points . #1-An inability to realize that the mother could have and needed to have provided her son/daughter more meaningful parental guidance much earlier in his development. #2-Once a situation like this occurs then the routine refusal to accept any personal responsibility for the outcome and the desperation to blame others for it. #3-72% of this community has out of wedlock childbirths which are the true beginning of these problems, yet no positive changes in the % of out of wedlock childbirths.( In the early 60's the % was 24%) #4- The problem mother and her inability to raise the troubled child but where is the focus on the missing "baby daddy" who contributed to this ? Answer-There is minimal to none. #5-Why are we not hearing much of anything from black community"leaders " to address these issues? #6- the high percentage of blacks killing blacks .........These are just 6 points. There are many more. These points show up again and again and the longer you take an interest in reading stories such as this the more you will see nothing is changing. If anything some of these points are getting much worse. The answer? - Difficult discussions need to be tabled at municipal, state , and federal levels . We as a country may need to force these discussions as the ACLU, the NAACP, BLM and similar will try to block the discussions let alone finding and implementing the solutions. Are you going to wait until you or a loved one are on the receiving end of dangerous interactions with these people ? The answers appear MIA if we will wait for them to come from the black community.These same "leaders" fan the blame game fire as that is what keeps them in power and makes them wealthy. Finding ways to change the status quo are not coming from black leaders. Other racial and ethnic groups may need to be the ones to fix these problems.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Bottom line..we are all responsible for our actions, whatever they may be, good or bad to us or to others. Does not sound like a viable lawsuit.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Maybe the police K9 should bite the mom.

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

Those people don't deserve one damned penny, they are only trying to get rich by blaming the police and the city for what their relative did wrong - justice will say - request denied!!!

investigator
investigator

I guess they just can't help themselves! Someone in the family dies.....and Dollar signs appear in their heads!!!