RACINE COUNTY -- The family of Ty'Rese West, the 18-year-old man shot and killed by Mount Pleasant Police Sgt. Eric Giese on June 15, filed on Tuesday, Dec. 17 a federal civil rights lawsuit against Giese and the Village of Mount Pleasant.
West's family was joined by civil rights attorneys and community members at the Racine Police Department, where the lawsuit was announced.
The announcement came just over six months after West was shot and killed by Giese, who was attempting to stop West for riding a bicycle without a headlight.
In September, Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson announced no charges would be filed against Giese. DA Hanson determined that "Sergeant Giese's actions, in this case, fall under the privilege of self-defense," and as such, "no charges will be filed against Sergeant Giese in this case," Racine police, who led this investigation, said in a statement.
Hanson laid out the events and evidence from June 15 in a 23-page report, explaining why she came to the decision she did.
In announcing the lawsuit Tuesday, West's family alleged excessive force and wrongful death.