Kimberly Alani, the mother of a young man shot and killed by a Fort Bend deputy, has retained Stern Law Group to handle her case. A lawsuit has not been filed at this time. Alani wants justice for the death of her son, Michael Blair, who was shot and killed by police inside his family's home in November 2013.
"All we're asking is that someone recognize what we recognize - that was brutality," said Blair's mother.
Wednesday, Blair's family released a video showing the last moments of Blair's life. The video shows that Blair was holding a knife, but at that point, police had already used a stun gun on him several times. Blair appears to stumble forward, at which time the deputy began firing. About a dozen shots were released from the deputy's pistol before Blair fell to the floor.
No indictment was issued by a Fort Bend County grand jury because they say Blair's family never gave them this video evidence.
The deputy who shot Blair was an 11-year veteran. Blair's family made a 911 call because he had locked himself in the bathroom and was threatening to harm himself. The family didn't initially call 911 – they called around to different hospitals in the area who all told them to call police to the scene.
The altercation persisted for about 20 minutes with the door still closed. Police finally kicked down the door and started ordering Blair to drop his weapon. Blair did not drop his weapon, was tazed, and then fatally shot by the deputy.