Patterson Family Member Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Rockford

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A family member of 49-year-old Eddie Patterson, who was involved in the violent incident that left both him and Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox dead, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Rockford.

Officer Cox was found mortally hurt from blunt force trauma by police officers on the morning of November 5th after dispatch received a brief call for assistance from him near the intersection of E. State St. and Dawn Ave. after apparently becoming entangled in Patterson’s moving vehicle.  He died a short time later at OSF St. Anthony. 

Patterson was found dead at the scene in his crashed pickup truck just up the street dead from gunshot wounds from Cox’s service weapon.  The incident is now under investigation by the Winnebago/Boone Integrity Task Force.

Attorneys for Patterson’s daughter, Telecia Banks, have filed the lawsuit seeking damages of more than $50,000.  Attorney Craig Sandberg tells ‘Eyewitness News’ that w hile the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force conducts their investigation, he says the Wrongful Death Lawsuit will allow the Patterson’s to conduct their own investigation.  “The Patterson family wants to conduct its own investigation,” he says.  “The transparency that comes from the lawsuit process should let us know what actually happened.”

Sandberg also represented Rev. Melvin Brown at Kingdom Authority Church in 2009 after the officer-involved shooting that took place in their building which left Mark Barmore dead.

The next court hearing will be on February 15th at 9am.

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