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Wife of man shot and killed by ISP trooper files lawsuit

The family of a man killed by an Indiana State Police trooper nearly a year ago is suing the trooper, ISP and several other entities. Crawfordsville police release bodycam footage.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 5:23 AM
Updated: Dec 17, 2019 12:03 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI/WTTV) — The family of a man killed by an Indiana State Police trooper nearly a year ago is suing the trooper, ISP and several other entities.

Glenn Rightsell's widow, Gloria, announced the suit with her lawyers in Indianapolis Monday. Rightsell was shot and killed by ISP Trooper Daniel Organ on Dec. 28 while working on his daughter's disabled vehicle on the side of U.S. 231 in Montgomery County.

Body camera footage released (Warning Graphic Content) from Crawfordsville police shows police asking Rightsell to crawl on his knees after being shot in the face. 

Rightsell had a gun in a holster at his waist. Organ said he fired when it looked like Rightsell was reaching for it.

The suit accuses Organ and other officers who arrived later of violating Rightsell's second, fourth, and fourteenth amendment rights.

"Every day I wake up and it's a nightmare. Every day," said Gloria Rightsell. "I play this over and over and over in my head."

In addition to Organ's actions, the lawsuit points to other officers who got to the scene. It said they failed to secure it quickly and kept medical responders from helping Rightsell quickly.

The lawsuit is asking for a jury trial with unspecified damages.

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