City of Lawrence denies excessive force in man's shooting

December 13, 2019 - 8:18 pm

The city of Lawrence is arguing that a man who was shot by Police officers, caused his own injuries by refusing to follow directions during a confrontation. 

Akira Lewis was shot in May 2018 by an officer who said she mistakenly drew her gun when she thought she was using a Taser. He has sued two officers, the city of Lawrence, the police chief and its police department. 

He alleges the officers used excessive force and weren't properly trained. In a response filed in federal court, the city contends Lewis “unreasonably” refused to take actions to avoid harm.

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