Father Sues Police Because Son Fled From Cops, Died After Pursuit Terminated

Devonte Brooks crashed into a Bridgeton police detective before he led officers on a high-speed pursuit.

Bridgeton, NJ – The father of a man who died in a car crash while fleeing from troopers is suing the state police and city police officers for allegedly causing his son’s death.

Troy Brooks has accused state and local police of chasing after his son, 21-year-old Devonte Brooks, in “retaliation” for Devonte’s earlier offenses, and said they used “excessive and deadly force” by pursuing him, The Star-Ledger reported.

New Jersey State Police (NJSP) called off the pursuit prior to the fatal collision, but Troy’s lawsuit alleged that the officers “drove him to his death.”

The incident occurred on Jan. 13, 2017, after a Lincoln Continental crashed into Bridgeton Police Detective Jeffrey Scull as he was conducting a traffic stop, then fled the scene, The Star-Ledger reported.

The officer was treated for minor injuries, and police began searching for the vehicle involved in the collision.

Later that night, a NJSP trooper spotted Devonte’s Lincoln traveling on Greenwich Road and tried to pull him over.

Devonte refused to stop, leading to a brief high-speed pursuit at speeds that exceeded 100 miles per hour, The Star-Ledger reported.

The trooper ultimately lost sight of Devonte’s vehicle and terminated the pursuit, according to the Daily Journal.

Shortly thereafter, Bridgeton police discovered that Devonte slammed his vehicle into a utility pole near mile marker 25.7 on Route 49, The Star-Ledger reported.

Devonte died of his injuries.

Troy claimed that when he arrived at the scene of the collision, a trooper “spit at [his] feet,” and told him that his son should have pulled over, according to the lawsuit.

Troy said he asked another trooper why they didn’t just call the pursuit off.

“We don’t have to call nothing off,” the trooper replied, according to Troy.

Troy alleged that the officers were retaliating against his son, who had also eluded police during a traffic stop a week or two earlier.

He said that the officers may have also had other “intentional or reckless reasons” for initiating the pursuit, the Daily Journal reported.

Troy alleged that, by pursuing Devonte, the officers used “excessive and deadly force,” and violated his son’s constitutional rights.

“Defendants pursued decedent and drove him to his death by initiating, continuing, and/or by not terminating a dangerous high-speed chase,” the suit read, according to The Star-Ledger.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damage, interest, compensatory damages, legal costs, and attorney’s fees, the Daily Journal reported.

The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the fatal crash incident, and determined that no further investigation was warranted, according to The Star-Ledger.

The case was closed in April of 2017.

Comments (51)
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goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Another family wanting the lottery for having a son that was a criminal and they couldn't raise right

Ragman
Ragman

First time in 21 years daddy cared about his offspring.

Bixler
Bixler

So if I understand felony murder correctly, this thug is guilty of felony murder on himself. There should be no compensation for a crime.

The express
The express

The ghetto lottery sorry you're not a winner, better luck with you next boy.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Devonte died of his injuries"..

..and of his unbelievably dumb pattern of repeat poor decisions. These folks are "off the wall" stupid and you must all see the patterns by now ,yes? It's like watching the same movie 25 times. You know how it will turn out as the ending will always be the same.

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MFLindsey
MFLindsey

This guy is a sorry scumbag. We know this because even the sorry scumbag trolls are not supporting him. . .

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wait, what? his son crashes into a detective's car, and then flees the scene. the cops search for him, and a NJSP trooper spots him, at which point his son causes a high speed pursuit, endangering the trooper and the general public. The son evades the police, and the trooper terminates the pursuit. The son then crashes into a tree, killing himself... and the father files a lawsuit, saying troopers are to blame??? Did I misread something?

JBo
JBo

[Troy’s lawsuit alleged that the officers “drove him to his death.”]

Ummm...no. His upbringing, respect and sense of morals killed him. You may as well have pulled the trigger.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The father is hoping the city/state will settle to avoid the expense of a trial. I hope not. I can understand a grieving father being upset but realistically this father probably had very little to do with his son's upbringing.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Wtf man, now I’m not racist, and I’m just stating facts, but why is it, that whenever it’s someone suing for their kid dying, 99.9% they’re black? What ever happened to stop when the police say stop, drop whatever you have in your hand when the police say drop it, or how about this one? DONT BREAK THE LAW!? Instead these parents think by suing the city/state to try and say the police killed them, as if their kid/family member, etc. didn’t do anything wrong? Bullshit.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Another horrible father trying to put money in the bank after his son dies being a criminal. It’s a scam they see work far to often, so why not try.

Signal10
Signal10

Alice in Wonderland wasn't as entertaining as the fodder made up by this man's father.

There's a lesson here; don't break the law and you won't have to worry about police officers chasing after you in the first place!

There's another lesson here too; utility poles rarely say ouch.....

OldVet
OldVet

Stupido, your son should have stopped. Period. No other fact needed. He ran before.

Gramercy
Gramercy

STOP FOR POLICE!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another asshole playing the race card. Blame the police, not where the blame should be....his idiot son. The war on the police continues! SAD.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Lets see...he has a prior for fleeing and eluding, then crashes into a detectives car who is conducting a traffic stop, then flees again, later is seen and flees and eludes yet again, chased, pursuit terminated, crashes into pole. Seems like a righteous ending for this dude. His father who may or may not have ever been in the man's life now wants a payday because he had an imbecile punk for a kid. Nope! Case closed.

Nomoreracecards
Nomoreracecards

Another lowlife chasing the getto lottery. POS should have taught that boy to follow the rules..

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

Hey idiot! You should have raised your spawn better than that. New Jersey is safer now that your kid is a grease spot

tkshields
tkshields

his son should have pulled over

pixiepup
pixiepup

The son lost his rights when he crashed into police car and took off in his car.

Duder1897
Duder1897

Good riddance. I hope he suffered.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

The case was closed in April 2017. Why is this a story?

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Another parent that did an excellent job of ignoring his child and not raising them correctly

Now blame the police!!!

Pathetic

Colombiano
Colombiano

Everybody is mad at the father, but how about the lawyer???? The lawyer and the piece of shit judge that would rule in favor of this assholes. That is the real problem, the ones that would entertain these pieces of shit.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The "decision equation" ----personal ignorance + arrogance + acting above the law + entitlements + no acknowledgement of taking personal responsibility /(repetitious illegal activities X reverse racial bias X poor personal values and behaviors) = an extremely high likelihood of an outcome involving incarceration OR death. Do the math.

Enough already
Enough already

Your son's actions led to his death along with bad parenting on your part. Deal with it.

chiefd
chiefd

Boy, this dude, Brooks, is really trying to cash in on the ghetto lottery. Hope the case gets thrown out of court.

Buffrat
Buffrat

Lets face reality Mr. Brooks. Your son was a scumbag. He ran from cops on multiple occasions which is against the law or are you as stupid as your son and don't realize that? Secondly, your son endangered the public and the officers, all of them I can assure you far more important to this society than your son. And based on what appears to be good police wsork, you are libeling and slandering the officers with this Bullshit claim and lawsuit. My recommendation to all LEO's who are named as defendants in this bogus suit is to now sue Brooks for his slanderous statements and his lawyer for filing a harassing lawsuit. My partners and I chose to sue in a situation where we were sued for bogus reasons and we won. In fact one of the jurors told us they couldn't vote in our favor fast enough to teach them a lesson. It's time LE stops laying down for this Bullshit and start fighting back. What do you have to lose?

Wish505
Wish505

Seems the son inherited some of his fathers stupidity.

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

What about all the lives that the son endangered by speeding 100+ mph during the pursuit?

xcop137
xcop137

Case should be tossed out.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Sounds like this kid made a series of ongoing and stupid decisions and he ended his own life by driving recklessly to say the least. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Chickenmomma
Chickenmomma

Is this a joke? I hope he pulls back and realizes that his son caused his own death, not the police.

investigator
investigator

A police Officer that worked in an adjoining city from me, arrived at a home after the parents called for help because their adult son, who had mental problems and prior contact with police, was going beserk. After being told the man was in the basement, not waiting for backup...the Officer went down and on the way was attacked by the man, who grabbed his gun, fatally wounding the Officer. Just as that occured, back up arrived and they fatally shot the suspect. Bottom line...the family sued....and won. The Officer left a wife and four children.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Sounds like the father should be sued for raising his son to feel a level of entitlement that made him immune to laws everyone else knows they have to follow. Not that I don't regret the loss of his son. But I've gotten so fed up with everyone wanting to try and place the blame on police when someone through their own poor decision making is injured or killed. He should have done like anyone who took the drivers exam knows and stopped for police. Yes, high-speed police chases are dangerous. But if they just stop them all together then any lawbreaker will just hit the accelerator every time they see blue lights. What we need is for people to pull their heads out of their ass and use a little common sense in their lives. And start putting a stop to all of these BS lawsuits brought by people who want to blame the police for all of their own bad choices.