The parents of a Fort Washington man shot and killed by police just blocks from the U.S. Capitol in July 2009 have filed a wrongful death suit in federal court in the District seeking $50 million in compensatory damages from U.S. Capitol Police.
Kellen A. White, then 27, was shot at least 12 times after an apparent traffic stop went awry in the 400 block of Second Street NE shortly after 5 p.m. July 15, 2009, according to the suit filed by Leroy and Thomasine White.
U.S. Capitol Police claimed at the time that White sped away from the stop in his white, 1999 Mercedes Benz, nearly hit two officers, crashed into a police cruiser and fired at officers with a compact, pistol-like assault weapon.
However, his family alleged in the suit that "at no time during the events" was "White armed with any weapon, nor was he a threat to the safety of himself or others. He had not committed any criminal offenses." They said that to their knowledge, "White complied with the commands of the officer initiating the stop within the limits of his control."
The incident occurred about a block from the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman, said the agency would not comment on pending litigation.