February 22, 2021
White, Graham, Buckley & Carr partners William Carr, Gene Graham and Bryan White have filed a lawsuit against Pettis County Sheriff Deputy Jordan Schutte on behalf of client John Fizer as part of a high-profile wrongful death case regarding the death of Hannah Fizer.
On June 13, 2020, Schutte shot Hannah Fizer, an unarmed 25-year old, five times only minutes into a traffic stop in Sedalia, Missouri. The lawsuit outlines the encounter and alleges how Schutte’s actions violated Hannah Fizer’s rights and violated Missouri law, including by Schutte using willful excessive force, violating recognized police training procedures and protocols, and causing the avoidable death of Hannah Fizer. The firm’s client, John Fizer, is the surviving father of Hannah Fizer and the appointed personal representative of her estate.
The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Pettis County, Missouri, includes two counts – assault and battery/wrongful death and negligence/wrongful death – against Schutte. The case received heavy media attention throughout 2020 due to the audio and video that was captured at the scene, which contradicted some of Schutte’s original statements.
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