Claiming undue force, civil rights violations, Trent Marion sues for $21.5 million
A Louisville man who was shot by police officers last year is suing the officers and their departments for $21.5 million.
Trent Marion has filed the lawsuit alleging excessive force.
Named in the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in New Albany, are Capt. Jim Sadler and Marshal Todd Stinson, both of the Corydon Police Dept., Lt. Roy Wiseman and Officer Kevin Taylor, both of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., and Bruce LaHue, who was jail commander at the time of the shooting on Jan. 20.
As of yesterday afternoon, neither Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick nor Corydon Police Chief Jim Kendall had received written notice of the lawsuit, they said. Kendall added that he is referring all questions from the media about the lawsuit to Ronald W. Simpson, the town’s attorney. John Colin, who was named the county attorney last week, said he has not seen a copy of the lawsuit, either.
Also named in the suit is the town of Corydon, Harrison County, the cities of New Albany and Louisville, and unknown officers from those four jurisdictions.
Marion was shot in the median of Interstate 64 about two miles west of the Corydon exit after leading police on a high-speed chase from Louisville. The chase began after Marion was seen stealing meat from a Kroger store in Louisville’s west end and he fled in his Ford Explorer.
During the chase, police said Marion reached speeds of 80 mph prior to entering Harrison County, then escalated to 90 mph once in the county.
Initial dispatches indicated Marion was armed, but that proved untrue.
Marion contends that after his vehicle was in the median, he stopped the Explorer and had both of his hands up when he was shot.
Police at the scene say that Marion was still trying to drive the vehicle, even though three of his four tires were blown, and believed he was trying to run over them. That’s when they opened fire, they said.
Marion, who was 37 at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty in August in Jefferson County, Ky., to robbing the Kroger store, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, which also included time for an unrelated robbery at a different Kroger location in late 2005.
In the shooting, Marion was wounded in both wrists and his right eye, which was later surgically removed.
Marion alleges his civil rights were violated as protected by the U.S. Constitution ‘to be free from excessive, unreasonable and unjustified use of force against his person.’
In the suit, he asks for $1 million for loss of future wages, $500,000 for medical expenses, $5 million for pain and suffering, as well as emotional trauma, $5 million for the use of excessive force, and $10 million for punitive damage.
A grand jury, after hearing testimony over the course of three days and deliberating about an hour, cleared the five police officers in October of wrongdoing.
Marion faces 11 felony counts in Harrison Superior Court of resisting law enforcement and two misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness.