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Lawsuit filed over deputy’s fatal shooting of Arkansas teen

Lawsuit filed over deputy’s fatal shooting of Arkansas teen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Arkansas teenager fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the deputy and a county sheriff over the teen’s death.

The family of Hunter Brittain filed the lawsuit against Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke County sheriff’s office, and Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley on the one-year anniversary of the 17-year-old’s killing. Davis was convicted in March of negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to a year in jail in Brittain’s death. He has appealed that ruling.

The lawsuit accuses Davis and Staley of violating the teen’s constitutional rights and seeks unspecified damages. An attorney for Davis and the sheriff’s office did not immediately return messages Thursday afternoon.

Brittain was killed outside an auto repair shop near Cabot, a city of about 26,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

Davis testified earlier this year that he fired at Brittain after the teen didn’t comply with his commands to show his hands as he exited his truck and reached into the bed of the pickup. Brittain was holding a container — which his family members have said held antifreeze — and no evidence of firearms were found in or near the truck, investigators said.

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A passenger who was with Brittain and another witness have testified they didn’t hear any commands from the deputy before he shot the teen. Brittain’s family members have said he was grabbing the container to place behind the truck’s wheel to stop it from rolling backward and hitting Davis’ vehicle.

“The failures of former deputy Davis and the Lonoke County Sheriff are extensive, disturbing, and directly caused the tragic and preventable death of…

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