Updated: Tuesday, 06 Apr 2010, 6:24 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 06 Apr 2010, 6:24 PM CDT
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Weeks after hours of testimony is heard in the death of Victor Steen. A judge decides the police officer who ran the teen over didn't commit a crime.
Each day is a battle for Cassandra Steen. Her son, Victor, was run over by a police cruiser back in October.
Now months later, after a coroner's inquest, a judge issued a verdict stating the officer did not commit a crime.
Steen prepared a statement, but was too emotional to talk.
The family's attorney, Aaron Watson, sat through the inquest, and says it didn't gather all the facts.
"I'm not surprised the decision was no criminal charges, I'm not, every question wasn't asked at that inquest." said Watson.
The family is filing a civil suit against officer Jerald Ard, the city, and the Pensacola Police Department.
"Their brother is not here anymore, their son is not here anymore. He's not here because an officer hit him with a car, and this officer is now being said no crime was committed." said Watson.
You can see the chase leading up to the accident in dashcam video. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Officer Ard was on patrol when he noticed Steen on a bike. He tried to stop him because he seemed suspicious. When Steen wouldn't stop, Ard continued to chase him, then used his taser. Moments later, Steen fell, then the cruiser hit him.
The family's lawyer says whether it's a crime or not, it shouldn't have happened. Now the Police Chief and the State Attorney's Office are reviewing the judge's report, and will make a decision from there.
Officer Ard declined to comment.