Wrongful Death Suit Settled Against Chattanooga Police
Leslie Vaughn Prater will be the last person who needlessly dies in police custody if his mother has her way. Prater suffocated as four Chattanooga police officers held him face down on the ground.
Prater negotiated a settlement of her wrongful death lawsuit that helps educate the city's officers.
Loretta Prater, a Southeast Missouri State University administrator, will teach three classes at the Chattanooga police academy about the death of her 37-year-old son, Leslie Vaughn Prater, said Sgt. Tom Layne Wednesday. She said her sessions with police recruits would give them a "sense of how important their role is when they are out there on the street."
The facts surrounding Prater's death aren't pretty.
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