The suit attempts to compensate $13 million in damages, all told, of which $10 million are punitive damages, as per the current statutes.
According to Oregon Live, the suit filed Friday in federal court carries the mayor and the district attorney, claiming city leadership built an environment where violence and death were convincing or perhaps even feasible. Danielson was shot dead after engaging in a pro-Trump caravan that passed through Portland.
Oregon Live reports that the Danielson estate accused Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt of playing a role by reporting last summer that he had embraced a new method and wouldn't attempt what he considered public order crimes such as criminal mischief, meddling with an officer or a stand-alone riot charge, and alternatively would focus on deliberate property damage and threats of force or actual force against others.
Christopher Cauble, the attorney filing the lawsuit, stated via press statement: "We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety. Time and time again, City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters."
"Given the enormity of the press coverage over the past several years regarding clashes between left- and right-leaning protest groups in the downtown core of Portland, Defendants knew or should have known that violent clashes would occur," Cauble wrote in the lawsuit.
Surveillance video released by the Portland police shows that Danielson was killed by self-identified Antifa militant Michael Reinoehl who took shots at the Trump supporter as he was walking downtown.
Danielson came back with bear spray, but one of his injuries proved fatal, and he was proclaimed dead at the scene 10 minutes later. He died from a single bullet to the upper right chest, an autopsy later found.
There even exists evidence that Reinoehl, who presented "security" for pro-Black Lives Matter rioters in Portland, had targeted Danielson and chased him at the time before the gunfire transpired. The issue of footage in September 2020 ran opposite to Reinoehl's claims that he killed Danielson in self-defense.
Speaking to Vice, Reinoehl had stated that he killed Danielson to stop the Trump supporter from killing an unnamed "person of color." Reinoehl could be seen stalking Danielson and his friend from an alcove of a parking garage before he opened fire.
A homicide detective wrote in the testimony that Reinoehl "conceals himself, waits and watches" for the men to pass him before he follows them and shoots them.