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Family of police shooting victim sues officer, city

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the Walkup firm in association with the Law Offices of Michael Laux against an police officer, police department and city authorities outside of California says that the officer should never have been hired to join the force. The suit says the officer, who shot and killed a 15-year-old African American boy in 2012, once attended a Klu Klux Klan meeting, ignored police policies and was generally inept.

A story by KATV-TV recites some details about the case, documenting that the officer was a member of the Little Rock Police Department, when he shot and killed the boy in August 2012. According to the physical evidence and testimony from a criminal trial, the victim was driving in reverse away from the officer when the latter opened fire

The lawsuit accuses the officer of excessive force. It also names the former chief of the LRPD and the city of Little Rock as defendants, for allegedly failing to train and supervise the officer. The case has twice gone to trial in criminal court, resulting in hung juries both times. An attorney for the defendant says he welcomes the chance to go to civil court. He claimed his client would prevail.

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