Deven Guilford’s family files lawsuit against Sgt. Frost, Eaton County

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(WLNS) – Attorneys for the family of Deven Guilford have filed a lawsuit against Sgt. Jonathan Frost and Eaton County.

The lawsuit comes after 17-year-old Guilford was shot and killed back on February 28 following a traffic stop.

While he was driving, officials say Guilford flashed his brights at Sgt. Jonathan Frost because he believed the officer’s brights were on.

In a news release provided to 6 News Tuesday, attorneys for the family say, “it appears that Deven was puzzled and confused about why he was pulled over and why he was being confronted and ultimately arrested by the officer.”

The release goes on to say, “the officer did nothing to calm or deescalate this situation. Instead, Frost rapidly became argumentative and agitated when Deven asserted that the officer had been driving with his high beams on and resisted producing his ID.”

The lawsuit filed claims Sgt. Frost’s actions were illegal and violated Guilford’s constitutional rights. In the lawsuit, attorneys for the family say Frost had no right to pull Guilford over.

Also in the lawsuit is a claim that Eaton County failed to “train, supervise, discipline or properly instruct its officers in the laws of the State of Michigan regarding headlights, civil infraction traffic stops, arrests, use of force, use of weapons and use of tasers.”

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