The family of a man killed by a Jacksonville sheriff's officer in May 2016 has added a big name to its defense team.
Judge Glenda Hatchett, of Hatchett Law Dirm in Atlanta, is joining the legal team representing Vernell Bing Jr.’s family.
With Hatchett on board, cousin Gary Bing said they’re hoping to get justice soon.
"She's not being paid, she's not being influenced and she asked us to help our family," Bing said.
It has been nearly eight months since Vernell Bing was shot and killed near 9th and Liberty streets by a Jacksonville sheriff’s officer.
"Had it not been a police officer, that person would be in jail right now, and we want justice done," Gary Bing said.
Police said Vernell Bing Jr. was in a vehicle stolen in an armed carjacking when he led police on a high speed chase that ended when Bing crashed into an officer's vehicle.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Officer Tyler Landreville fired his weapon five times, striking Bing once in the head.
“He was not armed, he was defenseless," Hatchett said.
Hatchett along with Pastor R.L. Gundy said a change needs to happen within the sheriff’s office in order to get justice.
"We have the constitutional right to ask the City Council to vote on a referendum to change the Sheriff's Office from a sheriff to a chief of police and/or commissioner," Gundy said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had no comment on that.
"The only way we are going to get some justice out of JSO is to change that position," Gundy said.
Hatchett said she plans on aggressively pursuing the lawsuit, which states that Bing’s constitutional rights were breached and he was wrongfully killed.
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