We make high-profile cases.
Kennedy Kennedy & Ives represents victims in high-profile wrongful death cases. High profile not just because of winning big financial settlements for our clients, but because we take action to ensure the public is informed about what’s happening in their community. We want media coverage. We want people and institutions held accountable. We want the public to know how the families of the victims we represent are responding to their grief; how they’re lobbying for policy changes and funding community programs to prevent others from suffering what would be the worst day of their life.
We ask difficult questions.
Did the victim pose an immediate threat to officers, or threaten the safety of others on the scene? Did the officers involved follow procedures learned in Crisis Intervention Training? Did they follow police department procedures— conceal, cover, communicate, control, contain? Were the officers properly trained to respond to a decorated Iraq War vet suffering from PTSD?
Should these officers have been on the scene? Did their personnel records indicate that they were qualified? Did they already have a reputation and history of using excessive force? Had they been fired from other law enforcement agencies? Did they have criminal records? Had they admitted to lying on job applications?
We ask, did technology fail? Or was it never turned on? If one officer’s lapel camera was off, was another’s recording? If so, we pursue that footage.
And we ask perhaps the most difficult question of all, what is the value of a human life? What is the cost to a four-year-old whose father was murdered by police? What price do you attach to this child’s confusion, his father the war hero, shot dead by police, the very people he’s been told his entire life are there to keep him safe.
We’ve asked these difficult questions for our clients: for James Boyd, shot and killed for illegal camping, and for Kenneth Ellis III, the decorated Iraq War vet shot while on the phone with his mother.
We consult with experts.
We consult experts to determine if police accounts are physically possible. We bring in experts who educate juries about how these traumatic losses affect family; how the Sleeper Effect causes people to relive the trauma at vulnerable points throughout their entire live. We bring in economists who assist with the terrible task of calculating the monetary value of a person’s life: the loss of care and guidance for family, the loss of income, the loss of the what’s called the Ninth Hour, what you do after eight hours of work. What do you in your life to find joy. We ask, what is the value of those moments, those slow Sunday mornings when you’re drinking coffee with your family?
We honor our clients’ tragic loss by asking difficult questions, and demanding answers.
To learn more about Kennedy Kennedy & Ives’ wrongful death cases, please go to our blog:The Second Wave