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Federal investigators: West Memphis officers did not violate child's civil rights

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Scroll down to the the bottom of this story for information on a press conference planned for Thursday morning.  WMCTV.com will stream the press conference live at 10:30 a.m.

The federal investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice into the shooting death of DeAunta Farrow is complete. 

A letter sent from the Department of Justice to West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert states there is not enough evidence to show that West Memphis police officers Erik Sammis and Jimmy Evans violated DeAunta Farrow's civil rights.


DeAuntae was killed June 22 by a shot from the gun of Officer Erik Sammis. Officials say the boy was outside playing with a friend while police were in a car on a stakeout at an adjacent apartment complex.

Police have said the boys ran by, yelling, and officers told them to stop. Police say Sammis fired when it appeared DeAuntae was holding a weapon and moved.

The officer told investigators he believed the youth was holding a gun. Police said the boy had a toy gun, but the boy's family has disputed that.

DeAuntae's death was also investigated by state police, and a special prosecutor is to decide whether to bring charges.

A press conference is planned for Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. in response to the letter. Attorney J. Bailey, representing DeAunta's mother, said he will demand a federal grand jury be seated in the case. Log on to WMCTV.com for live coverage of the press conference.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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