Phillips family files claim

Legal action alleges ‘negligent police tactics’ in fatal shooting of Desmond

The family of Desmond Phillips—the 25-year-old black man shot to death by Chico police officers during a mental health episode March 17—has filed a wrongful death claim against the city.

The claim, filed June 8, alleges responding officers used “negligent police tactics” during the fatal encounter. District Attorney Michael Ramsey declared the shooting justified in April. According to state law, a wrongful death claim must be filed before a wrongful death lawsuit.

In related news, USA Today ran an essay about the killing by Desmond’s father, David Phillips, online June 18. It links to a petition calling for an independent investigation by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, which has more than 48,000 signatures.