New video raises questions about officer-involved shooting that paralyzed man

December 17, 2018 07:48 PM

Were Albany police justified in shooting a 19-year-old man over the summer? The question is still being asked.

As NewsChannel 13 reported on Friday, a grand jury cleared the detective involved, but Ellazar Williams' attorneys are now filing a federal lawsuit, questioning police and the grand jury's findings.


Williams' attorneys released a video on Monday that they say proves he was shot while running away from police. It's a stark contrast from what police have said.

The video is a short five-second clip. Attorney James Knox says his client can be seen running from officers. He falls, gets back up and then is shot in the back.

Detective James Olsen is the person firing the gun. Detective Chris Cornell is also named in the suit. Attorneys say he was driving the car that pursued Williams.

The suit also names Detective Lawrence Heid, who was riding in the car at the time -- as well as 25 unknown law enforcement officers from the city of Albany.

Williams' attorneys have said he was innocent of any crime and was being unlawfully pursued.

Albany police called the shooting justified, saying when Williams fell, he exposed a 13-inch hunting knife, attempted to pick it up and that's when the detective fired.

The complaint is nine pages long. In addition to excessive force, it also alleges false arrest and unlawful imprisonment, failure to intervene and supervisory liability.

Williams was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of the shooting.

Attorneys are asking for compensation to cover medical costs and ongoing treatment, as well as punitive damages.


Jacquie Slater

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