NBC Bay Area
John Burris is a high-profile civil rights lawyer best known for his work in the Oscar Grant case.
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.
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.