Family files lawsuit after teen killed during police pursuit in N. Charleston

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The family of a teen who was fatally struck by a vehicle after fleeing from a North Charleston police officer is suing the city and former officer.

On November 11, 2017 at approximately 3:44 p.m., Jalen Carter fled on foot from a police officer near the Appian Way Apartments in North Charleston, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Officer Pavlischek pulled his gun and started running after Jalen through the properties of Appian Way Apartments.

While fleeing Officer Pavlischek, Jalen attempted to cross Patriot Boulevard and was struck by a vehicle.

The officer should only pull his weapon in a fleeing scenario, when lethal force is appropriate, the suit stated. Jalen was unarmed and never remotely posed any threat of bodily harm to anyway.

The suit states that the City of North Charleston did nothing to further investigate this incident and did nothing to punish or correct the improper behavior of the officer.

The family has respectfully requested judgment for all actual damages and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by a jury trial, according to the documents.

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