Center Township, Pennsylvania — The document is over 30 pages thick and has just been filed in federal court. It details the night of November 6th at a Beaver County Walmart where the man he was trying to help lost his life.
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Mercy Beatty, Vineyard’s fiancée, said, “It’s terrible. It’s a nightmare when you close your eyes at night and you can’t stop replaying everything that happened.
Beatty was with Vineyard that tragic night. The two were trying to help a man who had just been shot in a Walmart parking lot in Monaca when things changed.
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In cell phone video, a man in an orange shirt can be seen moving in and out of Vineyard before tackling him to the ground, where Vineyard died shortly after.
“He didn’t say he was a cop. He yelled at Mr. Vineyard, who was looking back, ‘There’s my wife over there, my fiancée, she’s helping me.’ ‘That’s when he filed the charges,’ said attorney Joel Sanson.
The man has now been identified as Center Township Police Officer John Hawke. State police have not filed criminal charges against him, but the family is suing Hawke and Center Township for Vineyard’s death.
“There’s nothing to get him back, but this cop needs justice. He has to pay for what he did to my brother. He’s free to roam and my Brothers are on the ground,” said Vineyard’s sister, Deborah Little.
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The lawsuit alleges that Hawk’s attacks were “unprovoked, unjustified, vicious and constitute unconstitutional and excessive force.”
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“As you go about uncovering this case, you’ll see that this bad cop wasn’t the only bad cop in Center Township. From the perspective of the city, I think Center Township is the Wild West,” says Sansone.
The family believes that this lawsuit will lead to their ultimate goal, Ken’s justice.
“I can’t say I got out of the car to help anyone, but he did. He did the right thing. And now he was killed for doing the right thing,” Little said. rice field.
I contacted Center Township about this case and was told that it had not yet been served.
Regarding criminal investigations, state police remain active in the case and any decisions are referred to the Office of the Attorney General.
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