Family of man shot by Green Bay police three years ago plans to file federal lawsuit

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The family of a man killed by Green Bay Police three years ago announced on Saturday they are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department this coming week.

Biegert family lawsuit

Saturday marked the anniversary of the shooting death of Joseph Biegert.

On February 24, 2015, police were called to Biegert's apartment on Plymouth Lane for a welfare check.

Officers say Biegert became erratic, grabbed a knife and stabbed an officer three times in the arm, leading both officers to shoot Biegert to stop the threat.

The District Attorney later ruled that the shooting was justified.

On Saturday, Biegert's mother along with their private investigator and attorney gathered outside the Green Bay Police Department saying they want the case looked at on a federal level.

The family's investigator has a number of concerns and called for a court order to make crisis intervention training mandatory for police.

"We should not be afraid to call our local police departments and ask them to please do a welfare check on our loved ones," said Toni Biegert, Joseph's mother.

"That just because someone is depressed or has anxiety or panic attacks, doesn't mean they are violent and how to handle a person with calmness, professionalism, kindness, so if there is going to be any difficulty, it will be a peaceful situation," said Walter Stern, the family's attorney.

As we've been reporting the last few years, Green Bay Police have taken many measures to respond appropriately to mental health calls; and two officers were recently honored for their specialty work in the area.