Family of Man Shot, Killed by Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies Hires High-Profile Attorney

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014  |  Updated 5:54 PM PDT
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John Burris is a high-profile civil rights lawyer best known for his work in the Oscar Grant case.

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The family of a man shot and killed by Alameda County Sheriff's deputies have enlisted the help of a high-profile Bay Area attorney.

John Burris, a civil rights lawyer best known for his work with the Oscar Grant case, blasted the law enforcement agency Sunday.

Burris said deputies did not follow standard protocols during the shooting last week, and that is why David Goins, a father of three, is now dead.

Last Monday, deputies said they were called to Goins' home after a dispute.

When they entered, the 61-year-old man struck them with a bat. That's when the deputies opened fire.

Burris said that is not the full story.

"The police substituted their own judgment, rushed in created a confrontation, and shot this man in his own house," Burris said.

Burris said he is working on filing a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office.

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