Soheil Mojarrad had a very difficult life and suffered from traumatic brain injuries and mental illnesses. His parents remember him as a gentle and compassionate soul with immense empathy. When he was hit by a truck in 2012, his parents reported him missing. Afterwards, he struggled to live a good life.
Soheil was a 30-year-old man. While he was armed with a pocket knife, he continued to walk toward Officer W.B. Edwards, who fatally shot him. It’s not clear what led to Mojarrad’s death, but the officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.
After his death, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Raleigh police. The family believes the officer acted in self-defense and failed to properly investigate the incident. Several people have come forward to support the family of Soheil Mojarrad. The family has organized a vigil for him on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will be advertised through social media.
The family of Soheil Mojarrad has filed a civil lawsuit against the Raleigh police department after their son was shot by an officer last April. The lawsuit cites inadequate training and policies that failed to protect the public. The family also claims that the Raleigh Police Department did not discipline the officer properly.
Edwards was equipped with a body camera when he confronted Mojarrad, but failed to activate it before confronting him. It appears that Deck-Brown, Hall, and the city created policies that left Edwards ill-trained and unprepared. However, the body camera was unable to prevent Edwards from killing Mojarrad.
The death of Soheil Mojarrad has created a tense situation for the community. Protesters are questioning whether the Raleigh police have the skills to deal with situations involving individuals with mental illnesses. Activists including Faisal Khan, founder of the Carolina Peace Center, and Kerwin Pittman, executive director of RREPS, asked why crisis intervention and non-lethal measures weren’t used in the incident.
In the aftermath of Mojarrad’s death, the Raleigh Police Department has begun an investigation into the case. The police department is reviewing video of the incident. The shooting was allegedly a result of a mental illness, but the exact cause of death is unclear. A full investigation is ongoing.