“Was my son a different color” | Family of 6-year-old boy killed by MPs looking for $ 4.5 million
A lawsuit over Kameron Prescott’s death has survived several legal hurdles, prompting the family to demand more to settle down.
SAN ANTONIO – The family of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed by local MPs days before Christmas in 2017 is once again giving Bexar County the opportunity to settle the lawsuit they filed after the death boy. This time around, however, Kameron Prescott’s family are asking for $ 4.5 million – more than double the original claim last summer – after the lawsuit survived a number of legal hurdles.
In a letter sent to Bexar County Commissioners late last month, attorneys represent Prescott’s parents Rubi Prescott and Christopher Prescott, as well as Amanda Jones – the suspect who sparked the murderous lawsuit – the commissioners informed that Prescott’s family would settle for $ 4.5 million and Jones’s. the family would settle for $ 500,000.
The lawyers – Scott Krist, Thomas Crosley and Robert White – wrote in the letter of formal notice that, the county insurer refusing to accept the first $ 2 million settlement offer last year, believing that ‘a federal judge would dismiss the lawsuit they are asking for a total of $ 5 million.
“Because your clients ‘insurer was unwilling to accept our previous claim and instead chose to rely on the hoped-for rejection of our clients’ claims, our previous early attempt to resolve this case has now changed,” wrote the lawyers.
The trio explained that in light of the judge’s rejection of the county’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, they are now asking for more. However, they go on to warn that if the case were to go to trial, they believe a jury would likely reward well more than the $ 4.5 demanded by the Prescott family.
“What we really have here is unnecessary escalation by the police,” said Krist, the attorney representing Rubi Prescott. “This criminal they were pursuing – this woman was wanted for debit card abuse, unarmed – they managed to trace that and four police officers firing more than 20 bullets into a trailer that she encountered that had a tricycle on the porch with toys. and a car in the driveway, knowing it wouldn’t have more resistance than a can of beer.
“And that’s how far away things got when they felt their authority was being questioned. They had blinders on and they took it to the extreme, because any rational thinking about where this criminal was would have told you, “You can’t shoot. You can’t just open fire willy-nilly on someone standing in front of someone else’s trailer with, very clearly next to the objects in front, a family inside.
DPS helicopter video of the shooting obtained by KENS 5 last year shows a soldier radioing MPs downstairs that they couldn’t see any guns on Jones, only noting that she kept grabbing herself of his hip. An earlier letter of formal notice from attorneys said Deputy Longoria had sworn under oath that he saw smoke from Jones’ pistol, although Jones was unarmed and investigators never recovered the object that MPs claimed she was holding when she tried to get out of the trailer.
Court documents detail what happened before MPs opened fire. According to the lawsuit filed by the Prescott family, Jones entered Christopher Prescott’s home while evading authorities. The lawsuit said he immediately told Jones to leave the house, to which she replied, “You have kids and I don’t want any problems.”
As she turned to leave Christopher Prescott’s house, she was fired by MPs John Aguillon, George Herrera, Jesse Arias and Johnny Longoria. The lawsuit says MPs briefly stopped firing after Jones collapsed and fell forward, but reopened fire.
MPs fired at least 18 shots, according to the report.
“Even the criminal in this case had enough common sense to walk through that door to try to prevent further harm to my child,” said Rubi Prescott. “A criminal thought that way. And our agents who have sworn to obey the laws and protect and serve their community did not do this job.
Christopher Prescott told KENS 5 in 2017 that the last words he heard from his son were: “Ouch daddy, ouch”. The deputies, he said, handcuffed him and took his son to the hospital where he later died.
An earlier letter of formal notice stated that the toy Kameron Prescott was holding before the gunshot was found near his blood was still blinking.
Bexar County previously offered the Prescott family $ 100,000 to settle the lawsuit arising from the death of the couple’s only child. Krist said the offer immediately fell into the trash.
“My son’s life means everything to me,” said Rubi Prescott. “He was literally my world. What about someone outside to come and tell me their life was worthless?
Beyond financial compensation, the Prescotts said they wanted the county to take responsibility – both in reforming and settling the case. County commissioners discussed the latest $ 4.5 million claim in executive session Tuesday, but took no action.
Given the current climate over law enforcement and the series of deadly encounters between law enforcement agencies across the country that have prompted leaders to act through reforms and regulations, Rubi Prescott said she felt it shouldn’t have taken 1216 days and counted to reach a resolution. She speculated that if her son had been fatally shot by white police officers and her son was of a different race, local leaders would act more quickly.
“I feel like they would have jumped through hoops to get it right if my son had been a different color,” said Rubi Prescott. “That bothers me. You can’t imagine how much this bothers me.