Decatur Police Officers Request Dismissal of Lawsuit in Steve Perkins’ Shooting Death

DECATUR, Ala. – Three Decatur police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Steve Perkins are requesting the dismissal of a federal lawsuit, according to court documents. Christopher Mukadam, Joey Williams, and Vance Summers are seeking the termination of the lawsuit that was filed in response to the officer-involved shooting. Perkins was shot and killed outside of his home on September 29 after an altercation with a tow truck driver. Officer Bailey Marquette was later indicted for murder related to Perkins’ death.

Mukadam, Williams, and Summers, who were not charged in connection with Perkins’ death, filed a motion on February 29, 2023. They are seeking the dismissal of Catrela Perkins’ complaint, who is the administrator of the Estate of Stephen Clay Perkins. The complaint, which was filed on December 12, 2023, alleges that Steve Perkins was unlawfully killed during a vehicle repossession. The Perkins estate claims that the officers, excluding Marquette, failed to intervene, resulting in wrongful death.

Federal Judge Corey Maze has requested a response from the Perkins estate by March 15, 2024. The motion to dismiss the lawsuit signifies the ongoing legal battle surrounding this tragic incident. It highlights the tensions between law enforcement and communities, raising questions about the duty of officers to intervene in situations that may result in harm or death. The outcome of this case will have implications not only for the officers involved but also for the broader conversation surrounding police accountability.

The shooting of Steve Perkins sparked widespread public outcry and ignited protests within the Decatur community. As the details of the incident unfolded, the case drew national attention, further highlighting the ongoing discussions about police reform and racial justice. This filing for the dismissal of the lawsuit adds another layer of complexity to an already contentious issue.

While Bailey Marquette has been indicted, the other officers involved are now seeking to distance themselves from the legal proceedings. The request for dismissal raises questions about the officers’ accountability for their actions and whether or not they bear responsibility for failing to intervene. The Perkins family, on the other hand, continues to seek justice for their loved one’s untimely death.

This lawsuit has implications not only for the city of Decatur but also for law enforcement agencies across the country. It underscores the importance of holding officers accountable for their actions and raises concerns about the use of force in policing. As the legal battle unfolds, the outcome of this case will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing national conversation surrounding police reform and transparency.

In the coming weeks, as the Perkins estate responds to the motion to dismiss, the community will anxiously await the next steps in this complex and emotionally charged case. The outcome will undoubtedly have lasting effects on both the Decatur community and the broader fight for justice and accountability in law enforcement. As the legal proceedings continue, the quest for answers and justice in the death of Steve Perkins persists.