Oakland Police Department Facing Lawsuit for Alleged Pursuit that Resulted in Death of Bystander

Amid the Oakland Police Department’s turmoil, the department is now reportedly also facing a lawsuit from the family of a man that died after being struck be a vehicle engaged in a high-speed chase by police, according to KRON4.

The man, 27-year-old Lolomanaia “Lolo” Soakai, reportedly died from a crash in June of 2022 following an alleged Oakland police “ghost pursuit,” or a chase without lights, sirens, or prior authorization, the Mercury News reported. Police had allegedly been following a suspect in a Nissan 350Z down Oakland’s surface streets at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, and the suspect lost control of the Nissan and crashed into a row of parked cars and motorcycles, which crushed Soakai.

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