LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A controversial shooting and sheriff's decision has landed the Metro police department in court.
News 3 obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed by Lawrence Gordon.
Gordon is the young man shot by officer Jacquar Roston in November.
News 3's John Treanor looked through that paperwork and joins us with details of the suit.
This shooting and the decision to keep the officer that pulled the trigger on staff was felt like a shockwave in the community.
This incident is the catalyst for several resignations from citizens on the Use of Force Board and protesters who were arrested for speaking out.
Lost in all of it was the victim, Gordon who lost full use of his leg. He is speaking out in this lawsuit.
The scar is a permanent reminder of the shooting.
The limp he walks with is a permanent reminder of the pain.
Gordon is almost a year removed from the surgery that saved his life but with no insurance he is living with a lifetime of debt.
“I got nothing else to live for,” Gordon said. “I’m already in debt a $100,000.”
Gordon's story is now playing out in court papers.
He has filed suit against the police department, officer Roston who pulled the trigger, several unnamed officers and the sheriff who decided to go against a citizen review boards recommendation and keep Roston on the payroll.
In that lawsuit he lays out the same story he told News 3, in November that he was in the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s car when officer Roston approached.
Gordon reached under the seat to retrieve a baseball cap and Roston shot him.
By firing that shot, Gordon claims his Fourth and Fourteenth amendments were broken.
By keeping Roston on staff he says the sheriff's department approved and tolerated that decision to break his rights and even accuse the department of covering it all up.
Gordon, in his suit, asks for compensation for damages, penalties, and his injuries for a total cost more than $900,000.