Mother sues department a year after Detroit officer shoots, kills son: ‘I want answers’

Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office yet to determine if shooting was justified

A $20 million lawsuit has been filed against the Detroit Police Department a year after a man was shot and killed by officers.

DETROIT – One year to the day of his death, a heartbroken mother is suing the Detroit Police Department over the fatal shooting of her son.

The lawsuit said Michael Adams was shot multiple times in the back by Detroit police officers at the corner of East Grand Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue in Detroit on Aug. 8, 2021.

“It’s a year later and we still don’t have any answers, I want answers for my son,” mother Crytsal Curtis said. “I’m hoping that it gets the attention of Kym Worthy and chief White and they go back and they look at this and they determine that the officers were wrong.”

Police had undercover officers in an undercover vehicle in the area to combat illegal street racing and drifting. There were around 200 cars.

Police said Adams was in a vehicle doing donuts when the driver struck an undercover police car. Both Adams and the driver ran. Police said Adams pulled out a handgun and refused to drop it.

A police officer fired several shots at Adams, striking him. He died at a hospital

An attorney for his mother has filed a $20 million lawsuit on behalf of the family. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has yet to determine if the shooting was justified.

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