A trove of documents related to the shooting death by Lodi police officers of an Army veteran earlier this year should be released to the public and the media, a federal magistrate judge ruled Friday.
Judge Allison Claire denied a motion by the city for a blanket “protective order” that would have kept confidential autopsy reports, witness statements, photographs and other information pertaining to the fatal shooting of Parminder Singh Shergill by police as he walked toward his mother’s home on the morning of Jan. 25.
Claire said the city failed to prove that it had the legal standing for the proposed protective order, which was labeled a “gag order” by Sacramento civil rights attorney Mark Merin, who is representing the Shergill family.
Shergill, 43, a Gulf War veteran who suffered from schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was shot dead by police as he walked toward his mother’s home in Lodi. His family had called police, as they had in the past, after he suffered a mental “episode” and left the house. They asked that officers pick him up and take him to a mental health facility.