Judge: Case proceeds against police in boy's death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Judge: Case proceeds against police in boy's death

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge says a lawsuit against the West Memphis police officers who were involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy can proceed to trial.

U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller dismissed the case against West Memphis Police Chief Robert Paudert, Mayor William Johnson and the city in the death of DeAunta Farrow. But Miller said claims that Erik Sammis and Jimmy Evans used excessive force could go forward.

Sammis, who fired the shot that killed Farrow, has been cleared of any wrongdoing in federal, state and special investigations. He has since resigned from the department. State police concluded officer shot the boy because he was holding a toy gun that appeared to be real.

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