REPUBLIC, Mo. – The mother of one of two men killed in a 2016 police pursuit in the St. Louis area is suing.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Christopher Miles’s mother says allegations that her son and a friend had been seen flaunting handguns in a social media video wasn’t enough reason for St. Louis police to chase them. The pursuit ended with the men’s car crashing into a sport utility vehicle. Miles and the car’s driver, 25-year-old Darnell Brown, were killed. The driver of the SUV survived but sustained burns over two-thirds of his body.
The suit alleges the pursuit did not follow department policy, which forbids pursuits unless police believe a violent felony has occurred. The department said previously that the chase had been approved by a higher-ranking officer.