Family of Austin police officer killed in procession sues funeral home


The family of Austin police officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, who was fatally injured in a crash while escorting a funeral procession in 2016, is suing the funeral home and the transportation company that hired the officer.

The lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Mo Aziz on behalf of Abdul-Khaliq’s family claims the funeral home — Austin Peel and Son Funeral Home Inc. — failed to take enough precautions that would have prevented the officer’s death, and did not adequately train employees to handle the logistics of the procession.

The family is seeking at least $1 million in damages, according to the suit.

“Officer Abdul-Khaliq devoted his career to the City of Austin and was a loving father and son. Unfortunately, due to the negligence of others he lost his life,” Aziz said in a statement Thursday. 

The suit filed in Travis County district court on Wednesday names the funeral home and transportation company Round Rock Motorcycle Escorts LLC as defendants.

The funeral home had no comment on the suit, said owner Billy Peel. Round Rock Motorcycle Escorts LLC did not immediately return a request for comment.

Abdul-Khaliq had been escorting a funeral procession in North Austin on Sept. 1, 2016, when a driver tried to illegally cut through the procession, police have said.

The 17-year veteran motorcycle officer collided with the vehicle and was hospitalized. Abdul-Khaliq, 46, died a few days later after extensive treatment.


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