The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 23, 2014

Russell lawsuit removed to federal court

— The lawsuit filed against the city of Joplin and its police department by the Kevin Russell family has been removed to federal court at the request of the city’s outside counsel.

The Russell family sued the city, the Joplin Police Department and two police officers last week in Jasper County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit concerned the arrest of Kevin and Brant Russell the night of March 17, 2013, in the aftermath of 16-year-old Brooke Russell having shot herself in Roanoke Park. The family alleges false arrest, excessive force and battery on the part of Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen and negligent training and supervision of the officers, malicious prosecution and interference with Brant Russell’s status in the Army National Guard on the part of the city.

Attorney Karl Blanchard filed a brief this week removing the case to U.S. District Court in Springfield.


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