ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A $10 million lawsuit against Alexandria Yellow Cab was filed Monday alleging that the company's "negligent hiring and supervision of its drivers contributed to the shooting of an Alexandria police officer."
Officer Peter Laboy was seriously injured during a traffic stop that resulted in a shooting on Feb. 27. After a "be on the lookout" alert was sent out for Kashif Bashir, a driver who had been working for the Alexandria Yellow Cab for four years, Laboy was able to stop Bashir subsequently being shot and injured.
Bashir had been charged with or convicted of over a dozen traffic and other violations in the past several years, and in 2011 was charged with assault.
According to the lawsuit, "Alexandria Yellow Cab failed to perform any type of adequate or effective background screening prior to hiring Bashir, and then failed to adequately monitor or supervise him during his employment."
The suit also claims that the company regularly fails to conduct adequate background investigations on its drivers.