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Family Informs West Palm Beach of Plans to File Wrongful Death Suit

In October, eighteen-year-old Michael Camberdella was fatally shot by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy. This week, his family informed the county of its intent to file a wrongful death suit against the Sheriff’s office. The family is asking the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to complete independent investigations into the shooting. The family has also expressed their intent to ask the FBI to investigate the shooting if necessary. The Sheriff’s office is currently conducting an internal affairs investigation.

Camberdella “was unarmed and served no threat to the deputy,” said the family’s attorney. Camberdella’s family believes that the accident was avoidable and that it could and should have prevented. The wrongful death civil suit, which the attorneys must not file until April, six months after the accident, is seeking damages for more than $15,000.

The deputy who shot Camberdella is back on duty after having been only placed on administrative leave after the incident. On the night of the accident, Officer Goldstein responded to multiple 911 calls that came from the Camberdella home. According to the 911 calls, Camberdella was trying to choke his mother and was “threatening her with hedge shears and a hammer.” Camberdella came towards Goldstein with two objects and ignored orders to stop. One neighbor claimed Camberdella was unarmed after Goldstein shot him.

Camberdella’s mother stated, “I need my son’s justice, I need this to move forward.” Family members have stated that they feel as though the Sheriff’s office is acting as if the accident never happened and is more concerned about the office’s public relations.

Family of 18-year-old suburban Boynton Beach man fatally shot by deputy informs sheriff of potential wrongful death suit, December 28, 2012.

Michael Camberdella lost his life and a mother lost her young son far too soon because of police negligence. Police officers have been known to use excessive or unreasonable force. Even if police officers are not found to be criminally liable for excessive or unreasonable force, officers and police departments can still be held civilly liable. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a police officer’s use of unreasonable or excessive force, contact the Broward personal injury attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona. The experienced wrongful death lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona have dedicated the past twenty years to helping victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries and losses. Don’t hesitate; call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.

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