MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A federal court trial is scheduled to begin June 7th for the family of a man shot repeatedly in the back by a Milwaukee police officer. The relatives say 25-year-old Wilbert Prado had his civil rights violated when officer Alfonzo Glover shot him in March of 2005. An inquest jury said Glover was justified – but the district attorney still tried to prosecute the officer. And the 35-year-old Glover killed himself the day after the charges were filed.
Prado’s family is suing the city of Milwaukee, and the city recently failed to get major parts of the case thrown out. Glover said he was driving home from work when Prado’s vehicle followed him closely with his bright headlights. And when Glover pulled over, he said Prado tried to run him down – and the officer ended up shooting him 19 times in the back and legs. Prado’s family and the city tried earlier to settle the lawsuit, but failed. The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.