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Scott Family Plans Lawsuit Against Metro, Costco

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LAS VEGAS -- As Erik Scott's family looks to put the coroners inquest verdict behind them, they are now looking at filing a lawsuit. Their family attorney says they are planning to file a civil suit against Las Vegas police and Costco because of the shooting.

Attorney Ross Goodman says the suit could be filed as soon as Thursday, but the case likely won't see the inside of a courtroom for some time.

Goodman says things should never have gotten to the point they did and were blown out of proportion that day. The family believes both Metro and Costco should be held accountable.

"For using excessive force and for exaggerating the situation, which created Metro to come in there with guns drawn, helicopters, with cops surrounding Costco for somebody who was not even asked to leave the building," said Goodman.

Goodman says the family just wants all of the evidence to be presented and for the truth to come out, something they believe this civil lawsuit will accomplish.

The family is looking for compensation, but more importantly, Goodman says they want change. They hope for better training for Metro officers when confronting people in large crowds and in deescalating situations.

ACLU attorney Allen Lichtenstein who says often times for families it's not about the money, but finding out the facts.

"The only way the family will get an full account of what took place is by having to file a lawsuit either in federal court or state court," he said.

Liechtenstein says because the coroner's inquest process is so one-sided, all of the facts are never heard. But he says during a civil lawsuit, both sides have a chance to present evidence and witnesses.

Since the beginning, the Scott family says Erik was not acting in a threatening manner and never raised his voice inside Costco. That will be only part of their argument for the lawsuit still to come.

Goodman says the reason they're planning to file this as a federal case is to prevent any delay that could come with filing it on a state level.

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