Almost a year-and-a-half after their son was shot and killed by Carver County Sheriff’s deputies, the Amorosi family is suing the county. The lawsuit is in regards to the county allegedly illegally releasing information regarding Archer’s records, which violate the Minnesota Data Practices Act.
“While there was an outpouring of support from much of the community, there was a rush by Carver County officials to publicly paint a one-sided description of events, irreversibly damaging their son’s reputation and legacy and causing unnecessary anguish throughout the community,” said the family’s attorney, Paul Dworak, in a press release. “This lawsuit alleges that Carver County officials unlawfully released private child data in the days and months following their son’s death, exacerbating the grieving process for the Amorosi family and the many who loved their son.”
Archer Amorosi was 16 when Carver County officers were called to his mother’s home in Chanhassen on July 13, 2018. According to officials, deputies were called because Archer Amorosi was experiencing a mental health crisis and becoming violent. The situation escalated after officers tried a Taser and pepper spray to subdue Archer Amorosi, according to officials. The teen was holding a hatchet and a BB-handgun when officers shot him, according to the county.
The suit is still pending, but Donald and Kara Amorosi allege that “the Sheriff’s Office released [officer records] on the eve of [Archer’s] funeral in a blatant attempt to exonerate the deputies” in their case. The suit also alleges that Carver County Attorney Mark Metz “showed the same disregard for the family’s privacy rights, releasing even more private data in his 34-page press release discussing the officer-involved shooting death of [Archer].” The Amorosis also claim that Metz did not give them the opportunity to look over the press release before it went public, and they “could not object to any of its specific content.”
“Our Legislature stringently protects juvenile police records, so much so that violation of these privacy protections constitutes a crime,” read the family’s statement. “As such, the Amorosi family hopes this matter will be investigated by the Attorney General’s Office or some other independent law enforcement agency.”
Until the suit is resolved, the Amorosi family and their counsel intend to provide no further statement regarding the litigation.
Deputy County Attorney Peter Ivy told Sun Patriot Newpapers that his office does not comment on pending litigation.