Houston attorney Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner represents the children and parents of Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq in a lawsuit against Austin Peel and Son Funeral Home, Inc. and transportation company Round Rock Motorcycle Escorts LLC.
Officer Khaliq was a 17-year veteran of the Austin Police Department who tragically died in September 2016 due to injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
On September 1, 2016, Officer Abdul-Khaliq was part of a team guiding a funeral procession in the North Austin area. The lawsuit alleges that during the procession, a member of the team signaled to a third-party driver that it was safe to proceed in front of the procession. Despite telling the third-party driver that it was safe to proceed, the team member failed to warn Officer Khaliq, who was hit by the driver’s vehicle.
The lawsuit asserts that the funeral home failed to adequately train their employees and failed to take adequate precautions in the planning and execution of the procession. Additionally, the lawsuit states that the route used by the funeral procession was negligently planned and executed. The lawsuit claims that if adequate precautions had been taken, Officer Abdul-Khaliq’s death would have been prevented. Commenting on the lawsuit, the family’s attorney Mo Aziz stated, “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.”
Last Fall, the City of Austin inducted Officer Khaliq into the City’s Public Service Employee Memorial.