Jan 2, 2013 5:32 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Parents of a man shot to death by a Lafayette Police officer have filed a federal lawsuit against the officer accused of shooting him, Police Chief Jim Craft and the City of Lafayette. On Dec. 9, 2011, Quamaine Dwayne Mason, 21, was shot and killed when leaving his girlfriend's apartment at Campus Crossings on Theatre Dr. In July, a Lafayette grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict Officer Martin Faul in Mason's death.
Brenda and Billy Mason filed the lawsuit on behalf of their son, which claims Mason's constitutional rights were violated. According to Lafayette Police, officers were called to the complex about an aggravated burglary. As officers arrived, they encountered the suspect exiting the building, and police said he was armed.
According to the lawsuit, "At all times relevant, Quamaine Dwayne Mason never took a position of attack or was threatening Officer Martin Faul, other police officers, or the general public in a manner in which fatal force might have been justified." The lawsuit claims the officer's actions "constituted excessive use of force and abuse of power." According to the suit, the officer didn't adequately communicate with Mason, nor did follow police standards.
Mason's parents are seeking damages, including funeral expenses, loss of past and future income, mental pain, anguish and distress.