Family of Toussaint Sims files wrongful death lawsuit

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The attorney for the family of Toussaint Sims is speaking to WXXV after a federal wrongful death lawsuit was filed.

The suit against the Moss Point Police Department, the city, and the officer cleared in the shooting of Sims was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

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It alleges Sims died as a result of excessive force and authorities have said Moss Point Officer Lancen Shipman tried to arrest Sims in August 2019, but Sims led police on a chase and displayed a gun.

The lawsuit argues Shipman had inadequate training, didn’t follow protocol, and unnecessarily shot and killed Sims.

Family Attorney Brian Dunn says Sims’ family doesn’t want this type of incident to happen again to anyone. “If we can raise some awareness in the department, not just Moss Point, Pascagoula, any local department, about how to handle these situations, we wont have to go through this horrible situation again in the future and that’s what everyone wants.”

Now that the lawsuit has been filed, the next step is to have those named in the suit respond to it before the process enters another phase.

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