Mother sues police over son’s accidental shooting


The mother of a parolee who accidentally shot himself to death during a gunbattle with San Francisco police is suing the city for failing to give him immediate medical care.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding didn’t pay a Muni light-rail fare and was running when his gun fired and the bullet pierced his neck last July.

He was trying to shoot at officers at the time.

The federal civil rights suit filed by Denika Chatman, the Washington parolee’s mother, says Harding was writhing in pain and he was allowed to drown in his own blood.

Harding was on parole after serving a prison term for trying to pimp a 14-year-old girl. He was also a person of interest in the Seattle killing of 19-year-old woman.