TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The family of Malik Jackson is taking legal action against the city and county after their son was stabbed to death in late May.
Tuesday, the families attorney filed complaints against both the city of Tallahassee and Leon county.
Attorneys at Brooks LeBouf say the family of Malik Jackson believes more could have been done by law enforcement leading up to the day of Jackson's murder. That’s why they have retained legal representation.
Jackson was allegedly stabbed and killed by Tony McDade on May 27.
According to attorneys, Jackson was unarmed in the front seat of his vehicle with friends at the time of the stabbing.
Lawyers say the family called 9-1-1 the day before Jackson was killed and were made aware of McDade’s possession of a deadly weapon as well as the threats McDade made on Jackson’s life.
”We believe that Tallahassee Police Department did not adequately respond and investigate the 9-1-1 calls that were made the day before Malik was murdered,” said Paul M. Aloise, Jr., and attorney with Brooks LeBouf.
The family filed notices against TPD, Consolidated Dispatch Agency and the county supervised pretrial release. Because these are governmental agencies, there is a six month waiting period before these complaints can be filed in a court of law.