A lawsuit accuses four white suburban St. Louis police officers of brutalizing a 68-year-old black woman and her adult son after wrongly accusing them of stealing a television.
Marvia Gray alleges she suffered serious injuries during her arrest at a Sam’s Club store in Des Peres, Missouri, on March 23. The lawsuit filed Monday says her 43-year-old son, Derek, suffered a concussion and other injuries.
Attorney Andrew M. Stroth says Marvia Gray was especially traumatized because she feared “her son was about to be another black man unjustifiably shot and killed by the police.”
The city police department denies excessive force was used.