Your previous expert was right regarding a civil tort claim against the law enforcement agency regarding their qualified immunity and the two year statute of limitations which you would not be able to circumvent. HOWEVER, you do have another possibility here and that is a claim for CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, which have NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. But, to proceed with a civil rights violation you would need to prove that they acted unlawfully in violation of his civil rights under the color of law. It seems based upon the facts you have provided that causing his death, the history of violence and if you can demonstrate the actions against him by the officer were not justifiable based upon the situation, then you can have a good civil rights claim. The problem with civil rights claims is that they are very difficult and handled only by a small group of attornies and can take a very long time to pursue. You need to start by finding a civil rights attorney in the area and this can mean interviewing numerous civil rights attorneys since they take on so few cases at one time and the best place to find one is the same site used by other attorneys to locate attorneys when needed, http://www.martindale.com
You can also file a civil rights violation criminal complaint
through the FBI and US Attorney's Office for criminal investigation
if you choose.
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