Family of man shot, killed by OPD officer announces lawsuit



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The family of a man shot and killed by Orlando police has announced plans to sue the department.
In January 2013, OPD officers said they went into a building on West Arlington Street to investigate reported drug activity.
Karvas Gamble, 19, was killed during the raid and Cordaryl Leonjermane Wilson was wounded.
Gamble's mother said that even though the officers were cleared, she wants justice for her son.

"(His life) was taken by a police officer, not by someone on the streets," said Gamble's mother, Tanjula Lippett.

Police said they knocked on the door and surrounded the building. The officer who opened fire said it looked like Gamble was reaching for a gun, so he shot him.   

With the help of the Florida Civil Rights Association, Lippett on Tuesday delivered a notice of intent to sue the police department.

The document gives the city a six-month notice.

The association wouldn't specify whether they want money or changes made as a result of the wrongful death suit.  

Gamble's mother said she wants justice.

"I can't go to anyone and say, 'This is my grandchild, because he left no kids.' I can't say, 'This is my daughter-in-law,' because he wasn't married. His future is gone," said Lippett.

A grand jury decided not to file charges against those officers, but did recommend changes within the department. 

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