Family of Crystalline Barnes sues Jackson Police Department for $10-million


Twenty-one-year-old Crystalline Barnes died last January after she crashed her car into a pole following an altercation with police. But reports later revealed Barnes death was a result of wounds from bullets fired by officers.

Monday, her family filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for $10-million from the Jackson Police Department and the officers involved in the case. The suit alleges a history of deadly force both within the department and on the part of the officers in this case.

Officers say Barnes was stopped after she allegedly tried to run someone off of the road. Officers Rakasha Adams, Albert Taylor and Eric Morris are specifically named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Barnes estate. She left behind two children ages 6 and 2 at the time of her death.

WJTV has reached out to the Jackson Police Department for a response.

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