Quantcast

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by family of a suicide victi - KOAM TV 7

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by family of a suicide victim against the Joplin Police Dept.

Updated:
A settlement has been reached in the high-profile lawsuit filed by the family of a suicide victim against the Joplin Police Department.

The family of Brooke Russell filed the suit after Brooke committed suicide in a Joplin park two years ago.

They say while trying to get medical treatment, an altercation occurred between the father, the son and two police officers.

The case was set to go to a jury trial next year.

Court documents do not reveal the amount of the settlement.

Brooke's father, Kevin Russell, has released the following statement.

"First we would like to say the support from our family, friends and this community near and far has been incredible and we are very thankful for it during these difficult times.

I don't want to rehash everything the City has put us through because it almost unbelievable the way all of this has been handled: from being arrested, detained, prosecuted and even the process of settling the lawsuit.

We decided to settle because of how difficult it was emotionally to go through mediation let alone a trial.  It was hard enough fighting false criminal charges while we were dealing with losing our beautiful daughter.  We want to put the legal stuff behind us and try the best we can to live our lives and to heal as a family.  Our son is getting married soon and that is our focus now.  Speaking of Brant, I would like to clear up his military status.  Brant was honorably discharged with an outstanding record.  We don't really know the ramifications of the call the police made to the Army, but we do know what was said directly from the person who received the call. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to say I believe officer Tyler Christiansen didn't do anything wrong that night.  I think officer Christensen is a good officer and a good person, and I'm sorry he was caught up in the lawsuit that was really intended to seek accountability for those who were in the wrong the night of the incident, who continued that wrong with lies, and who have consistently treated us disgracefully. 

We stand by our story 100% because that is what happened.  

I wish Brant and I could have been with Julissa at the hospital and maybe we could have had one more moment with Brooke, to at least hold her and kiss her one last time."
  • NewsMore>>

  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18

    Thursday, October 18 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-10-18 13:46:41 GMT

    Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

    More >>

    Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

    More >>
  • MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-10-18 00:07:32 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018

    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

    More >>

    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

    More >>
  • Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 16:21:51 GMT
    Eric CraveyEric Cravey

    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

    More >>

    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

    More >>
  • Current Conditions

Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.