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Shooting of teenager potential case of police misconduct

Police officers in New York and across the country often put their lives in jeopardy to protect others. Unfortunately, they can also make poor decisions in regard to the use of lethal force that can result in the unnecessary loss of a life. Victims of such police misconduct, potentially including family members in the event of a fatality, are often uncertain how to ensure that justice is served.

One out-of-state family is now in such a situation after their 15-year-old son was shot by a police officer. The teenager was in a car with two friends and his two brothers when a six-year veteran of the force fired several rounds into the car with a rifle. While police initially claimed that shots were fired as the car reversed toward the officers, video of the incident reportedly shows those reports were inaccurate.

The deceased victim was apparently shot in the head and passed away. A representative for the family claims that the police then treated the other occupants of the vehicle like criminals, arresting and manhandling them while the young man was dying in the front of the car. While the officer who reportedly shot the teenager has since been terminated following clams from the police department that he violated department policies, the family is asking investigators to pursue criminal charges.

Most people look to police officers for protection and see them as a sign of safety. Unfortunately, incidents such as this can quickly erode the trust that people in New York and across the country have in police officers. In order to ensure that justice is served following instances of alleged police misconduct, victims -- including surviving family members -- have the option of pursuing justice in a civil court.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards Fired", Michael Mclaughlin, May 2, 2017

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