Mother of slain Homewood man sues police
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2013 2:04PM
Investigators work the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting at 956 Olive Road in Homewood Sunday. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:18AM
The mother of a 30-year-old Homewood man killed Jan. 27 by police in the village has filed a federal lawsuit against two officers.
In the wrongful death lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Marcia Holton alleges that the officers arrived at her apartment in the 900 block of Olive Road in response to a domestic disturbance, and without provocation, one or both shot her son, Brandon Culpepper, who died shortly thereafter.
The suit contends that the officers, identified as “John Doe 1” and “John Doe 2,” used excessive force in the incident.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office found that Culpepper died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Culpepper’s death has caused Holton great “pain and suffering,” and Culpepper “survived a period of time before he died,” which caused him pain, suffering and mental trauma, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensation for Culpepper’s death as well as attorney fees.
Homewood police, who did not respond to multiple messages on Monday, said Illinois State Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s public integrity unit are investigating the shooting.
Neighbors said Culpepper lived with Holton. Isaih Martin, 21, who lives on the second floor of the building, said he called police when he “heard a woman scream, glass breaking and a body dragged across the floor” about 6:45 that morning.
Holton said Monday that she was at her son’s visitation and unavailable for comment.
Culpepper’s wake and funeral are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 9833 S. Throop St., Chicago. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th St., Worth.