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Officer Kills Man, Then Sues His Family

| by Lina Batarags

After days of watching her husband act erratically – refusing to eat or sleep, speaking of apocalypse, comparing President Obama to the anti-Christ – Marlene Yazar finally called the police for help.

“My husband is disconnected from reality,” she told the operator shortly before noon on Dec. 30, 2012. “He’s just talking crazy things, like the world is going to end. And he’s been like this for two or three days now.”

She noted that while her husband was not armed, he might become violent if he thought officers were going to harm him.

A paramedic arrived on the scene first, but quickly retreated after Kemal, 43, threw a Bible at him.

At 12:17 p.m., Harris County Deputy Brady Pullen and another deputy arrived at the house. A struggle ensued, during which the officers drew their Tasers and guns.

Less than ten minutes later, the officers reportedly shot Kemal multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a Katy hospital an hour later.

Kemal, a rug importer, lived in Seabrook, Texas, with his wife and three children, ages two, six, and 10. He had been the family’s sole provider.

Now, the Yazar family is facing even more trouble: Pullen, who, as described in an investigator’s report, suffered “superficial wounds” during the incident, claims that the family did not fully warn him of the “violent threat” that Kemal posed. The deputy is suing the family for “negligence and recklessness.”

Pullen claims the incident left him with a broken nose, and that he suffered a concussion that affected his memory of the events. He also claims that he needed surgery that required that he miss work.

He is seeking at least $100,000 in damages for medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and loss of past earning capacity.

Additionally, Pullen is suing Marlene’s mother, Carmina Figueroa, at whose home the incident occurred. While Figueroa’s name is listed on the home insurance policy, she was not home when the incident occurred.

“The first thing I thought is this man is crazy,” Figueroa said of the deputy, who is not suing Marlene. “Not only is he destroying our lives, but he’s suing me.”

Although Kemal had no criminal record and no history of mental illness, he reportedly had recently begun experimenting with a hallucinogen known as “DMT”, which is known to be used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon.

Marlene told investigators that Kemal mixed the compound, which he had purchased on the Internet, with tea, and, on at least one occasion, marijuana.

The first hearing of the case is set for April 14.

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