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Officer Andrew Delke (L) is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Daniel Hambrick.

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The family of Daniel Hambrick is suing the Metro government and the officer accused of shooting him for $30 million.

Hambrick was shot and killed last July by Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke, according to investigators.

Delke was indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder back in January.

Below are some of the points the family makes in the complaint:

On July 26, 2018, Defendant Delke intentionally murdered Mr. Hambrick for running away from him.

Mr. Hambrick did not pose an objective threat of imminent harm to Delke or a third party when Delke murdered him.

Delke did not have a legal justification for gunning Mr. Hambrick down.

Mr. Hambrick suffered physical, legal, emotional, and financial harm by being gunned down, left to die in the grass, and killed.

Hambrick's family and their attorney held a news conference on Monday evening.

"We're asking for $30 million at a million," said attorney Joy Kimbrough. "One thing we know we will never get back is Daniel Hambrick, so we hope this can somehow, some way, attempt to compensate the Hambricks. We hope this doesn't happen again."

Hambrick's father cried throughout the press conference, expressing his frustration over the majority of Metro officers still not using body cameras. 

Community activist Clemmie Greenlee said she and the Hambricks aren't trying to make this a racial issue.

"We want to tell them -- the police departments everywhere, not just Metro, all over the state -- you guys have to quit with this, 'I fear for my life.' We fear for ours when you pull up," Greenlee said.

The Metro Nashville Police Department issued the following statement on Monday afternoon about the lawsuit:

The Metropolitan Police Department takes strong issue with this inflammatory attack on the department as a whole, our officers and our training academy. The men and women of the MNPD go to work every day to serve ALL of Nashville.

Our academy has been internationally accredited, a separate accreditation process from the police department as a whole, by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 2011. The MNPD Academy was last reaccredited in 2017. MNPD officer trainees receive six months of rigorous physical and classroom instruction. That is 1,000 hours of training, double that which is required by the State of Tennessee. This police department firmly believes that the 21 instructors at the MNPD Academy are among the best in the nation and provide both new and veteran officers with an ever expanding and evolving curriculum.

The Metropolitan Police Department, through counsel, looks forward to vigorously defending this lawsuit and correcting the plethora of misinformation it contains. The department is fully aware of the local rule of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (LR83.04) that limits extrajudicial statements in civil proceedings. Additional response will be made in publicly available pleadings timely filed with the court.

The Andrew Jackson F.O.P. Lodge, which represents Delke, released the following statement:

This lawsuit contains so many false allegations and hateful stereotypes about police officers that it bears no resemblance to reality. All of the wild and reckless claims in this lawsuit can’t change the fact that Daniel Hambrick was a dangerous and violent convicted felon, running from police, who threatened the life of an officer and forced that officer to defend himself.

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.


Kim St. Onge joined the News4 team as a reporter in January 2017.

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