The family of Charles Hill, the "wobbly drunk" homeless man shot and killed by BART police last July has filed a civil suit against BART seeking monetary damages for the incident. According to the Examiner's report on the filing, Oakland attorney John Burris will be representing Hill's next of kin. Burris, anti-BART PD readers might remember, successfully secured nearly $3 million in damages for Oscar Grant's mother and daughter in the wrongful death case that followed the trial of BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.
The suit alleges that BART officers James Cromwell and Myron Lee overreacted by shooting Hill, who had been drinking and wobbling on the train platform, after he threw a small knife at Cromwell, missing him by a "large margin." The Hill family is seeking "general damages, compensation for future wage loss, funeral and burial expenses, attorney fees and punitive damages" in the death of their transient relative.