GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An attorney for the family of a man shot and killed by Grand Prairie police officers plans to drop a federal lawsuit against the city.

It comes after body cam video first obtained by CBS 11 revealed that Carlos High Sr. attempted to grab a rifle before he died.

Attorney Kim T. Cole has fought for more than two years to see the body cam footage of the day High was killed by officers back in 2018.

“We wanted to know exactly what happened that day,” says Cole. “The family deserved transparency.”

Carlos High Sr. on Grand Prairie PD body cam video

Cole filed a federal lawsuit against the city on behalf of High’s family.

The 37-year-old man was mentally unstable at the time and his family’s attorney wanted proof the shooting was justified.

Last week, Cole finally saw the image of High reaching for a rifle in his lap just before officers fired.

“This is something that, had I known or the family known prior to today, we could have avoided filing the suit and countless hours of not only my time and that of community members, but also the city had to retain counsel in this case and so they racked up thousands of dollars in legal fees when the disclosure of this video could’ve been made a long time ago and we could’ve avoided being here,” says Cole.

Cole says she plans to drop a federal lawsuit filed against the city.

But she says the episode emphasizes the need for prompt transparency by police departments and the importance of mental health training among officers.

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Comments (3)
  1. bigtx says:

    Transparency by police, mental health training, blah, blah blah. It’s always the fault of somebody else !

  2. Shawn......🪑 says:

    Clearly he’s in the wrong for that quick action, but I personally do not think that White cops should handle black people. Simply put they can’t handle black people and they be way too scary. They approach you aggressive with their hands on their weapon every single time. I feel like all white cops should live in the hood for about 4 years before becoming a cop cause they be way too edgy. I feel like this man could be alive if they would have listened to what he was trying to say. He was at ease talking, but they were so concerned about that gun. He had been sitting there talking, they should have asked him what was going on and why was he upset. But I’ll go have a seat because mofos so scary these days.

    1. james says:

      The supposed skin color commendation is not relevant…or the racist hypocritical low level thoughts you have….

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