Family of man killed by police in Topeka file civil rights lawsuit

Shawnee County DA ruled that the shooting was justified

June 28, 2018 - 4:08 am
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The family of a black man fatally shot by two white officers in Kansas as he fled is suing.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court alleges that the officers, Michael Cruse and Justin Mackey, fatally shot 30-year-old Dominique White in September near a park in Topeka without legal justification. White was armed and just months out of prison after being prosecuted for burglary and illegal gun possession. The lawsuit says the city provided officers inadequate training.

White's death certificate said he died primarily from gunshots to the back. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay ruled in December that the shooting was justified. He said while White was fleeing from the officers, he moved his hand over a pocket that contained a gun.

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